In the August general elections, four candidates for the Kisumu County gubernatorial seat have pledged to run only one candidate against incumbent Prof. Anyang Nyong’o. Former Governor Jack Ranguma, Kisumu Senator Fred Outa, former Kisumu Assembly Speaker Onyango Oloo, and East Africa Community (EAC) Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Ken Obura have agreed to pick a candidate in the next two weeks.
Emerging from a meeting at a Kisumu hotel on Monday, the quadruple say they have agreed on a candidate amongst themselves.“The candidate is amongst us, and we will name him in the next two weeks,” said Oloo. Oloo who read the statement stated that their unity will deliver a Governor who has ears for the people while accusing Nyong’o of running the county without any consultations with the people.
The team dismissed assertions that Nyong’o is the preferred candidate for ODM in the nominations. Oloo says the belief is causing voter registration apathy in the last enhanced voter registration by IEBC.“We want to tell our people that there will be nominations for all seats, and nobody should hoodwink you that there is a line up,” said Oloo.
After defeating Ranguma in the 2017 general elections, Governor Nyong’o is now serving his first term. He will run for re-election with the ODM party. The major goal, according to Oloo, is to “organize the populace who have reached 18 and are ready for Identity Cards to register and receive voter cards.”Senator Outa reaffirmed that their bond is strong and unbreakable.
“They thought we will run divided, they must prepare for a formidable team that is going to produce one candidate,” he said. Outa said that they have many options should they be shortchanged in the ODM nominations noting that the ultimate goal is to dislodge Nyong’o from the seat through the ballot. Former Governor Ranguma on his side stated that it is not a must that he becomes the Governor again but is working closely with the team for a better Kisumu.“I worked very well when I was the Governor and I allowed people to fend for themselves, I did not throw out anybody from their places of doing business,” he said.