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Ojaamong-Otuoma standoff divides ODM leaders

Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo is leading the pack of ODM leaders who have rallied to Dr Otuoma's side and yesterday he joined the Funyula MP at an event in Busia Town where he urged the party's National Elections Board to hand to Dr Otuoma the nomination certificate.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSunday, 16 Apr 2017 15:25 EAT

Governor Ojaamong with new ODM team elected after the ODM primaries on Thursday.

The controversial results of ODM's nomination election for the Busia governorship is threatening to split the party with leaders from western kenya and beyond taking positions on how to resolve the differences between incumbent governor Sospeter Ojaamong and his challenger Dr Paul Otuoma.

Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo is leading the pack of ODM leaders who have rallied to Dr Otuoma's side and yesterday he joined the Funyula MP at an event in Busia Town where he urged the party's National Elections Board to hand to Dr Otuoma the nomination certificate.

Mr Ojaamong today warned Mr Midiwo to keep off Busia politics and instead focus on his re-election bid. Speaking after attending a church service at Nangina Catholic Church in Samia constituency today, the governor told Mr Midiwo to stop inciting the residents of Busia or come to seek any elective post in Busia if he wishes to do so. "Busia has enough experts to look into Busia issues and not people like Jakoyo."

"I participated in the elections like any other candidate and I am a member of the ODM National Election Board. The elections were conducted in a peaceful manner and I was declared the winner,” said Mr Ojaamong, who declared his readiness to accompany Dr Otuoma to Orange House to meet party leader Raila Odinga to iron out the recent standoff.

“We need to deliver for the party and its leader in the August 8 polls, thus the need to have the two of us meet Raila,” he said, in an attempt to strike a conciliatory tone. Many party leaders were reported to have appealed to Mr Odinga to handle the matter personally, with a number of parliamentary aspirants from western Kenya addressing the subject publicly in their social media pages.

At the same time, Mr Ojaamong has tried to create 'new facts on the ground' including holding a meeting with parliamentary aspirants who won the party's nominations on Thursday, a move protested by Dr Otuoma.

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