Raila: Why we chose Ayacko
SEE ALSO :Ousted Majority leader vows to stay putAt the yesterday’s meeting, other aspirants that had been eyeing the seat on an ODM ticket stepped down in favour of Ayacko and vowed to support him. “It has been agreed unanimously that we support Ochillo Ayacko. Migori County is for ODM, no other party will take the senatorial seat,” said Edick Anyanga, the MP for Nyatike, a constituency in Migori. Former MP John Pesa, who was also eyeing the seat, echoed Mr Anyanga. “I, too, have made consultations and found it fit to continue selling ODM ideas. All we need is a peaceful election. Let our Migori people freely support our candidate, Ochillo Ayacko”. Willis Oluoch, a son to the late Senator Ben Oluoch Okello, who was also in the race, vowed to back Ayacko. “We will support ODM’s manifesto. We will be loyal and support Ochillo Ayacko. We do not want betrayers in our party,” said Mr Oluoch.
SEE ALSO :Leader of majority ouster plot weakenedThe party’s final decision comes amid wrangles on who should replace the late senator, who succumbed to cancer last month. Migori Governor Okoth Obado has been against the party’s decision to nominate Ayacko, a political rival. The governor had accused the party of using intimidation and being dictatorial in their decision-making. Raila, however, took the opportunity at the meeting to dispel the fears. “The governor has every right to disagree. It is his democratic right and he can formally come before the party and say why he has disagreed with the party. But he hasn’t,” he said. Meanwhile, Otieno, an economist who has served in presidents Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki’s regimes, fell short of confirming he was taking up the State appointment, though still expressing dilemma. “I left unaccomplished business at the Public Service; and with this appointment I have to rethink whether to go and finish the business or opt out. But I would rather work for the State and all Kenyans,” he said. Fixing salaries Otieno, according to the official commission’s website, will be in charge of Public Service, an influential position, given that he will be instrumental in fixing salaries and allowances for millions of public servants. Yesterday, he told The Standard: “It’s a critical decision to make. The people of Migori want me to be the senator and the State wants me to work for all Kenyans”. Mr Ayacko turned down an ambassadorial appointment recently.