Busia gubernatorial aspirant Eng Daniel Barasa has rejected calls to leave Jubilee Party to back Senator Amos Wako’s reelection bid.

Speaking during the presentation of nomination certificates to Jubilee candidates for various elective seats during the August 8 election at Mulembe International Hotel in Busia town, Barasa said no volume of persuasion will deter his resolve to vie for the governor’s seat.

“I have been approached to suspend my political ambition so that Wako remains the sole person to run for one of the top electives seats (Senate) in the county because we both come from Matayos Sub County,” he said on Monday.

Engineer Barasa speaking to the press in Busia town in Monday. He has said he will not back down from the Busia gubernatorial race

“I term this as futile attempts by some leaders to disrupt the democratic space in the county. Let all candidates who have been cleared by their respective parties or those running as independents seek the mandate of the people instead of being induced to step aside,” he said.

He took issue with residents pushing for Luhya gubernatorial candidates to step aside and back one preferred candidate from the community to vie against incumbent Sospeter Ojaamong who is from the Teso community.

“Many candidates have joined the race. We shall not join the bandwagon of “prophets of doom”. We shall all meet at the ballot. Let Busia people elect leaders of their choice. Don’t impose leaders on Busia people,” he added.

He denied corruption accusations leveled against that he embezzled Sh15 billion meant for the Galana Irrigation Scheme.

Apart from Barasa and Ojaamong, others in the race for the county top seat include Funyula MP Paul Otuoma, Eng Vincent Sidai and Lucas Meso.