KNA A fierce battle for the ODM Busia gubernatorial flagbearer is shaping up, as political bigwigs prepare to succeed incumbent Sospeter Odeke Ojaamong who is set to exit office after two terms in office.
The seat which is tightly contested will see five prominent politicians facing off in the ODM nominations, which is likely to determine the future of Busia politics.
Key allies to ODM leader, Raila Odinga will be seeking his endorsement for the position, even after Ojaamong declared his support for the deputy governor Moses Mulomi as his successor.
” I have worked with my deputy since 2017 and his tolerance and dedication to duty is second to none. I am declaring today, it’s Mulomi all the way to becoming the second Governor of Busia County,” he said.
Other candidates who have expressed their interest for the seat using ODM ticket, include former Attorney General and current Busia Senator Amos Wako, Busia Woman Rep Florence Mutua, former Funyula MP Dr Paul Otwoma and Dr Lucas Meso.
ODM will be on a big test on who to settle for the gubernatorial position to face off with ANC candidate John Sakwa Bunyasi and Eng Vincent Sidai of Ford Kenya.
Ethnicity and tribal backing a key factor in Busia’s political culture and determines how elections are conducted.
“We agreed that Ojaamong be elected as governor from Teso then the Luhya side produced the deputy. We now want Tesos to produce the deputy and Luhya to have the governor,” said Matayos MP Geoffrey Odanga.
Ms Florence Mutua who is currently the Chair of Education, has played a pivotal role in ODM party politics in Busia county and western region.
With Ojaamong support to his deputy, this is likely to bring tension in the party, since Ojaamong commands a large number of supporters in Busia and he vowed to ensure he leaves the county in the right hands.
Expressing his trust and confidence in his deputy, the governor stated that Mulomi possesses good leadership skills that will be able to transform development in the county.
He also described his deputy as a person of integrity, who dislikes violence but rather embraces peace and unity, a person who is not biased to any tribe and has a clean record.