Why Ochillo Ayacko withdrew the case challenging Obado’s election as governor

WATCH THE EYE LEVEL: The Ochillo Ayacko (L) and Governor Okoth Obado (R) handshake as ODM leader Raila Odinga (C) looks on

By MN Reporter

Former Cabinet Minister Ochillo Ayacko has withdrawn a case he was pursuing challenging the election of Okoth Obado as governor for Migori County.

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Ayacko said he withdrew the case in the spirit of the handshake after Orange Democratic Leader Raila Odinga asked the two during the burial of former Migori Senator Ben Oluoch Okello to work together.

“I have decided to withdraw the petition. My lawyers have already written to Obado’s lawyers communicating my intention,” Ayacko said.

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Governor Obado’s insiders have also confirmed receipt of the letter showing the intention of their main challenger in the last gubernatorial election.

Earlier last week, Ayacko declined a state appointment to an ambassadorial position hinting at his intention to vie for the Migori Senate seat.

He had also been shortlisted for Chair Salaries and Remuneration Commission which he also declined.

Ayacko is seen as the main challenger in the senate seat with political heavyweights such as former Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno and former Nyatike MP Edick Anyanga also eyeing the seat.

Other leaders said to be eyeing the seat are former Migori MP John Pesa and Eddy Oketch (Muok Ratego) who became second in the last election after the late Okello.