Otuoma’s final bombshell to Raila

In the shambolic ODM gubernatorial primaries held last week, Ojaamong garnered 92,358 votes against Otuoma’s 63,752 votes.

ODM leader Raila Odinga with Funyula MP Paul Otuoma.

In a letter written to the ODM’s Secretary General and copied to the Registrar of Political Parties, the Funyula MP said he had resigned and withdrawn from the party with immediate effect.

“Kindly remove my name from your party list of members as I have voluntarily opted to leave the party,” Otuoma wrote.

Otuoma had earlier vowed that his names will on the ballot in the August 8 General Election to unseat Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong.

Rejected results

However, Otuoma immediately rejected the results claiming that the elections were stolen.

Otuoma in particular took issue with the Teso North and Teso South constituencies results which gave Ojaamong nearly 80,000 votes out of the incumbent’s 92,358 final vote tally.

The ODM National Elections Board later nullified the Busia gubernatorial nomination results and ordered for a repeat exercise of the primaries on Tuesday 25th April citing massive irregularities over the same.

Otuoma vowed to boycott the exercise insisting that repeating the nomination would be rewarding Ojaamong,who according to him, should have been disqualified and punished for “rigging” the primaries.

ODM Secretary General Agnes Zani earlier this week said the internal party organs would intervene and called on the two to embrace negotiations to chat the way forward and find an amicable solution.

However, that exercise will be shelved as Otuoma will now renew his battle with Ojaamong during the August polls as an independent candidate.

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