The Siaya gubernatorial contest is getting tight as Senator James Orengo nominated Mr William Oduol as his running mate in the race to become the next governor of the county.
Mr Orengo wrote to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) National Elections Board on Tuesday, ending speculations on his preferred candidate between Mr Oduol and Dr Kevin Osuri. Dr Osuri is the former Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Nyanza secretary-general.
“I have nominated Mr William Odhiambo Oduol as my running mate for the seat of the deputy governor in the General Election to be held on August 9 following my nomination by the ODM party to contest for the seat of the governor, Siaya County. His details are as follows…,” reads the letter dated May 10.
Dr Osuri and Mr Oduol were initially meant to contest for the Alego Usonga parliamentary seat where the incumbent Samuel Atandi will be flying the ODM flag after successfully battling a petition to deny him the ticket.
“Yes, I confirm that my name has been forwarded to the ODM Elections boards for the slot of running mate in the Siaya gubernatorial race. We will soon hit the ground running,” Mr Oduol is reported to have spoken to Nation.Africa.
Orengo-Oduol ticket will battle with that of Gumbo-Owino in a bid to succeed Governor Cornel Rasanga.
Mr Oduol, a skilled ground mobiliser, claimed victory in the party nominations of 2013 against EALA MP Oburu Oginga before the incumbent Rasanga was controversially awarded the ticket.