The race for Migori gubernatorial seat during the ODM nominations will be a two-horse race between the incumbent Okoth Obado and former Rongo MP Ochillo Ayacko. The other two contenders in Anne Omodho and Paul Odola also fighting hard to match the two.
An opinion poll released on Monday showed that Migori governor Okoth Obado is likely to retain his seat if elections were held today. The poll showed that the Governor nicknamed "sirkal matiyo " will clinch the post by garnering 52.70 per cent of votes, while his closest challenger former Rongo MP and Cabinet Minister Ochillo Ayacko will emerge second with 27.42 per cent.
Former Sony Sugar Director Paul Odhiambo Odola will emerge last with 4.13percent of the votes, while Anne Anyanga wife to Nyatike MP Edick Anyanga will get a surprising 14 % after almost consolidating her Nyatike votes. Further, the polls indicated that about 2 percent of the residents were still undecided on the preferred gubernatorial candidate.
The polls also showed that in constituency polling data out of eight in Migori, Obado gets over 90 per cent support from his Uriri constituency home turf and Kuria East and West constituencies, and a substantial vote of over 45 per cent in the other constituencies. Ochillo will surprisingly go neck to neck with Obado in his Awendo backyard but could win the Nyatike Parliamentary vote by a small margin
The polls done by Ramogi International Statistics and Research Ltd was conducted between March 28-April 6 and sampled 9,854 respondents across all the eight constituencies of the County.
Releasing the results, Dr. Williams Dago, the Executive Director clarified that the polls targeted residents aged 18 years and above through face to face and telephone interview with polls having 95 per cent confidence rate and a margin of error of plus or negative five.
It recently conducted polls in Homabay that puts flamboyant Kasipupl MP Oyugi Magwanga ahead in the gubernatorial race beating incumbent Cyprian Awiti.For Kisumu it puts Jack Ranguma far ahead of Hezron Mcobewa and Anyang Nyongo
“The undecided group may not ultimately change the possible outcome of the polls and the incumbent polled an edge better than his closest rivals.The other two challengers had no impact on the final outcome though Paul Odola has a significant surge owing to his past records and most people believe he is nonpartisan " Dr. Williams said while releasing the pollster results.A day earlier he released results for the neighbouring Homabay.
However, 73per cent residents said they will not vote back their current legislators. In Rongo, 60.93 percent of the electorates showed their dissatisfaction with their incumbent MP performance records.
In Nyatike constituency, 73.02 per cent of the voters had bitter feelings with their legislator Edick Anyanga 62.48 per cent of residents of Awendo Constituency swore to remove their current MP Jared Kopiyo with 61.54 percent of residents of Uriri constituency planning to vote for a new legislator.
The legislators who were less affected were Junet Mohammed of Suna East, Obiero Ndiege of Suna West and Mathias Robi of Kuria West constituencies.Kuria East will have a new MP after veteran politician Manga Mwita opted out
Meanwhile, Migori Governor Okoth Obado and his fierce rival former Energy Minister Ochillo Ayacko are fighting for hard to woo voters ahead of the Friday primaries.