Aspiring Busia governor and Funyula Member of Parliament (MP) Paul Otuoma has on Friday (21/04/17) resigned from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party.
In a letter sent to the ODM Secretary General Agnes Zani and copied to the Registrar of Political Parties, Mr Otuoma ordered the party to remove him officially.
“I am a life party member number 000032 having been issued with a life membership certificate. I would wish to resign and withdraw from the party with immediate effect,” stated Otuoma in a letter received by the office of the Registrar of Political Parties.
Otuoma had demanded the ODM party to hand him the Busia governor ticket.
Otuoma felt he deserved the ticket and cited mischief in the primaries allegedly caused by incumbent Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong.
Otuoma said the plan to rig the vote which was foiled by security agencies was orchestrated by Mr Ojaamong.
The incident attracted a host of reactions from political observers including Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo who supported Otuoma’s demand by urging the party to hand the Funyula MP the ticket in light of Ojaamong’s alleged misconduct- statements that did not sit well with Ojaamong who publicly warned Midiwo to keep off Busia politics.
The ODM National Elections Board (NEB)nullified the Busia Gubernatorial nomination results last week.
In a statement, the Board’s chairperson Judith Pareno said the decision was reached after the board noticed major irregularities in the results for the exercise noting that if announced, the results would cause discordance among members in the County.
The hotly contested party primary elections saw County Governor Sospeter Ojaamong declared the winner with 92,358 votes ahead of Funyula MP Paul Otuoma who garnered 63,752 votes.
Tension thereafter erupted with supporters of Otuoma going to the streets of Busia town to protest the announcement of Ojaamong as the ultimate winner.