Is it Obado or Ayacko, ODM? Confusion in Migori as both governor aspirants receive certificates

Okoth Obado and Ochilo Ayacko were declared ODM ticket ‘winners’ in the race for governor [...
Okoth Obado and Ochilo Ayacko were declared ODM ticket ‘winners’ in the race for governor [PHOTO | COURTESY]

Confusion has engulfed Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party in Migori County on Tuesday afternoon after election officials announced parallel results, with both the incumbent Governor Okoth Obado and his fiercest rival Ochilo Ayacko receiving certificates for their ‘wins’.

Governor Okoth Obado was declared winner by County Returning Officer, Samson Olala – an official who Ayacko now claims is allied to Obado’s camp.

Mr Olala had declared Obado winner after garnering 110, 142 votes against Ayacko’s 50, 000 plus votes.

In a new twist, however, Ochilo Ayacko, via County Elections Committee Chairperson, Tom Boy Otike, has made a new announcement, declaring Ayacko the winner.

According to results relayed by Otike, who claims to be a returning officer, Ayacko had garnered 110, 350 votes against Obado’s 68, 464.

Ayacko had earlier protested Obado’s win, claiming that the nomination had been rigged, thus obtaining an order from the Party’s Elections Dispute Tribunal that stopped County Returning Officer from releasing the results.

Citizen Digital has, however, established that Mr Olala is the bonafide County Returning Officer in charge of Migori.

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