Orengo: ODM has no preferred candidate in upcoming elections

Senator James Orengo has dismissed reports that ODM has a preferred candidate in the upcoming Siaya Gubernatorial election next year.

In a statement, while condemning the reports, he said that ODM had no preferred candidate in Siaya County or elsewhere.

“As far as I am aware, ODM has not conducted any nominations and there are no preferred candidates in Siaya County,” the Siaya Senator said.

Over the years even the most senior ODM party officials have had to through the party nomination process and I believe this will not change,” Orengo remarked.

He said that politics that is non-competitive is undemocratic and autocratic and belongs to the tragic past.

Orengo also sought to quell pressure to declare on whether he will vie for the Siaya gubernatorial seat next year.

“On my part, I have not declared the seat I will contest for in next years’ general elections,” he said.

This comes after reports from a local daily alleged that the ODM party had established a list of candidates for various elective seats in 2022.

He dismissed those reports saying they were false and malicious and meant to interfere with the ongoing voter registration exercise.

Last week, Ugunja Member of Parliament Opiyo Wandayi bowed out from the 2022 Siaya Gubernatorial race.

Wandayi said that the decision was made following extensive consultations with the ODM leadership and the rank and file of the Party.

He said that any political decision or action he makes must be in tandem with the aspirations of the party and its membership.

“Following extensive consultations with the ODM leadership and the rank and file of the party and, having listened keenly to the voices of my Ugunja constituents, I wish to make it known that I shall not be a candidate for the position of Governor of Siaya County in 2022,” he said.

  

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