Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong of the Orange Democratic Movement managed to successfully retain his seat after edging out his closest challenger Dr Paul Otuoma of Independent by 135,153 votes to Otuoma’s 125,905.
Ululations filled the Busia Agricultural Training Centre on Thursday when County Returning Officer Fredrick Apopa declared Ojaamong the winner at 8.45pm, ending three days of agony over the delay in the release of the results.
There was drama when Otuoma attempted to have Apopa stop declaring the results. But the CRO could not budge and proceeded to announce Ojaamong the winner and presented him with the certificate.
” It is not true that I am announcing the results without receiving results from some polling stations as claimed by one of the candidates. Is it not so? Apopa asked candidates present and party agents. They responded in affirmative.
Ojaamong repeated his feat on his opponent again having eclipsed him in the contentious ODM primaries in April, 2017 by garnering 92,358 votes against Otuoma’s 63,752 votes.
Immediately after the announcement of the ODM primaries, Otuoma rejected the results. ” It was the same story on Thursday. ” I will move to court to challenge Ojaamong’s re-election over the violence meted on our supporters in Teso South,” he said.
Responding to Otuoma’s threats to seek legal redress, Ojaamong said it’s his constitutional right if he saw some irregularities.” But so far nobody has complained about the irregularities.
“Since I started participating in elections it has been free and fair and fiercely fought one .People should remain united now and focus on development.
People should remain united and focus on development. The Government I am going to form will focus on service delivery so as to attract investors,” he said.
Ojaamong said the he is going to form will entirely engage in service delivery, perfect the systems and attract investors. “We need an overhaul to get people who are acceptable and who can supervise our projects.”
He appealed to the national leaders to urge their supporters to remain calm.” In case of any disputes it should be solved amicably. The elections should try unite the country not to divide further. Mechanism should be put in place to have an all inclusive government,” he said.
Florence Mutua (ODM) retained the Women Representative seat after garnering 145,623 votes. Susan Mangeni (ANC) was second with 65,528 votes.
Senator Amos Wako (ODM) retained his after edging out Human Rights activist Okiya Omtatah (Ford Kenya) by over 30,000 vote margin.
Photos: Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong holds his certificate after receiving it from County Returning Officer Fredrick Apopa at Busia Agricultural Centre on Thursday night. He is flanked by Deputy Governor -elect Moses Mulomi