NYATIKE: Will it be Anyanga, Odege as ODM candidate?

Cord leader Raila Odinga and Nyatike MP Edick Anyanga last Thursday in Awendo town.

Cord leader Raila Odinga and Nyatike MP Edick Anyanga last Thursday in Awendo town.

By MN Reporter

The protracted political battle for the ODM candidacy for the Nyatike MP seat is being fought in the court corridors in Nairobi today as anxiety grips locals back home.

Nyatike MP Edick Anyanga, who was cleared as the ODM candidate was taken to court by key supporter of his rival Tom Odege, lawyer Kennedy Okong’o who is acting for ODM party.

With the legals battles on, Anyanga still has an upper hand in the August 8 polls with his key bloggers on social media calling for preparations ahead of August 8 polls for his third team bid.

A day after being cleared as a candidate on Thursday, The ODM party disowned Anyanga’s clearance by the electoral commission to vie for the seat on an ODM ticket on Friday.

According to the party, the person who has the original nomination certificate is Tom Odege with their court application claiming Anyanga is a “fraudster and imposter is likely to be cleared to contest on the applicant’s ticket using a forged certificate of nomination and this court ought to stop this pending hearing of the appeal as sought.”

The appeal was against High Court Justice Luka Kimaru judgement that issued the directive.

The party claims the certificate produced by the incumbent was forged or fraudulently obtained.

“The Learned Judge erred in law when he held that on the basis of an alleged popularity gauged from a sham nomination exercise which stood nullified by the appellants own National Appeals Tribunal.

The High Court on Wednesday declared Nyatike MP Edick Anyanga the ODM nominee.

An appeal by Tom Odege challenging Anyanga’s win was thrown out after it was established that the MP had more votes during tallying.

“Although the nomination exercise was not concluded, it was clear Anyanga has the most votes by the time the tallying exercise was inexplicably stopped,” the judgement read.

Odege had sued Anyanga, the ODM party and another fellow aspirant Fredrick Ogenga as first, second and third respondent respectively.

The court heard that the three, among other aspirants, participated in ODM primaries on April 24 which was not properly concluded. Both at one time held the nomination certificte.

Anyanga told the court that the process was stopped while was leading with 6,970 votes against 1,970 votes garnered by Odege.