Ojaamong receives provisional certificate, as ODM nullifies results
Busia governor Sospeter Odeke Ojaamong’s celebration in the just concluded party primaries has been cut short.
Ojaamong had been declared the winner in the hotly contested gubernatorial seat marred with irregularities. The incumbent governor got a total of 92,358 against Paul Otuoma’s 63,752 votes.
But in a quick rejoinder, Funyula MP Paul Otuoma and his supporters contested the results inisting that he was the rightful victor in the polls having garnered close to 70,000 against the incumbent governor’s 40,000
In a swift move, before Ojaamong could start an elaborate celebration, the ODM National Elections Board (NEB) swung into action by nullifying the gubernatorial results hours before he(Ojaamong)was handed a provisional nomination certificate.
According the Busia County election board, their role was to finish what they had started and confirmed that they had not received any communication from the party headquarters at the time they were handing over the certificates to Ojaamong.
NEB chairperson Judith Pareno, in a statement said the board had noticed major irregularities in the Busia gubernatorial nomination process.
According to her, the results if announced as is would cause discordance among members in the County.
“In view of the above reasons, the Board has made a decision to nullify the Busia gubernatorial nomination results and ordered a repeat exercise on Tuesday 25th April 2017,” the statement said.
However, results for other seats will remain as they were received, Ms Pareno said.
The board also received results from returning officers in Bungoma and Machakos counties, which also conducted their nominations on Thursday.