ODM Kisumu nominations have been hit with confusion as both Gov. Jack Ranguma And Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o have been declared winners of the primaries.
Nyong’o was declared the winner by county returning officer Tom Okong’o at Thurdibuoro Secondary School in Nyakach constituency. He reportedly garnered 164,110 votes to Ranguma’s 91,480.
The incumbent governor, on the other hand, was also announced the winner by deputy returning officer Richard Kiyondi at Aga Khan Hall in Kisumu town. Ranguma supposedly got 118, 934 votes to Nyong’o’s 32,028.
Both men also claim to have been given provisional nomination certificates.
In a press statement on Friday, Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma assured his supporters he will be on the ballot for the August 8 general elections. He told them they will get another opportunity to express their popular will.
“We will not allow some people who have chosen to misuse and abuse the party structures for their selfish interests and have total disregard of the voice of the people,” he said.
Ranguma added that he was engaging with the party hierarchy to uphold his supposed “landslide victory”.
On Wednesday, Ranguma accompanied by Muhoroni MP Onyango Koyoo and Kisumu governor aspirant Christopher Ondiek asked ODM national elections board to respect the popular will of the people by giving certificates to actual winners of the ODM Kisumu nominations.
They also expressed their disappointment with the shambolic manner in which nominations were conducted, saying some losers ended up being the winners. The Governor, however, commended residents for maintaining peace even as confusion surrounded the whole saga and asked them to continue being calm as the party resolves the matter.
Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o dismissed the allegations of being the illegitimate winner. Nyong’o in the company of Nyando MP Fred Outa brushed away their opponents comments saying they were the legitimate winners of governor and Senate tickets, urging their rivals to accept defeat.