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Will Raila’s hand shape battle for Migori Senate job? - 8 months ago, 22 July 00:00

Kepher Otieno

Cut-throat lobbying for the vacant Migori Senate seat might suck opposition leader Raila Odinga into local politics once again as ODM faces a fresh dilemma in picking its nominee.

Reports that the party will directly pick its candidate for the October 8 by-election to replace the late Ben Oluoch Okello who died last month, have ignited political passions in the region.

Speculations that the top party brass may have settled on a candidate even before Mr Okello’s burial has escalated anxieties, even as aspirants seek answers on the parameters being used to pick the flag bearer. Two events that have happened around former Energy Minister Ochillo Ayacko have sent tongues wagging as to whether he could be the favourite for the Orange ticket.

During Senator Okello’s burial on July 9, Raila asked Ayacko to reconcile with his rival, Migori Governor Okoth Obado.

Ayacko had quit ODM in a huff and ran for the governor’s seat ...
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