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Tim Wanyonyi over the moon a few days after his ODM certificate was revoked

by Paul Nyongesa
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Westlands Member of Parliament Tim Wanyonyi is set to defend his seat in the August elections on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket following consultations.

Azimio Secretary General Junet Mohamed stated this was after Michael Gumo stepped down on his behalf.

“We had consultation chaired by Odinga and Michael Gumo has accepted to step down in favor of Wanyonyi. The matter has now been sorted those waiting for a fallout should know today is a good Sunday belonging to the Lord,” Junet stated.

On Friday, The Political Parties Dispute Tribunal nullified the nomination of Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi.

This is after Michael Magero Gumo, the son of Veteran Politician, Fred Gumo moved to Court to challenge ODM’s decision to nominate him.

The Tribunal further nullified the certificate issued to Wanyonyi.

“We hereby allow the application filed by the petitioner on this matter, consequently we hereby nullify the nomination certificate issued to Tim Wanyonyi and order the ODM party to conduct a fresh nomination exercise for the Westlands MP within 72 hours,” the tribunal ruled.

Through lawyer Duncan Okatch, the petitioner argued that Wanyonyi did not take part in the exercise where he had been declared the winner.

Magero had sued ODM’s National Elections Board seeking to stop the party from forwarding Wanyonyi’s name to the IEBC.
His lawyer Duncan Okatch stated that Magero won the party primaries after garnering 1661 votes with the runner up former City Clerk Phillip Kisia garnered 627 votes

He claims that he spent millions of shillings to marshall support for his parliamentary bid and should therefore be handed the party’s ticket.
“I personally spent a lot of resources and time to marshall support for my bid. The results were publicly announced thus giving me the legitimate expectation that I would be issued with the certificate,” Magero argued.

In court papers, his advocate Okatch had said efforts to reach party officials have fallen on deaf ears.

Magero wanted ODM compelled to issue him with the nomination certificate, saying that Wanyonyi, who is the incumbent, did not take part in the primaries.

He was also seeking an order to compel the party and its Returning officer to include his name in the list of party nominees as the flagbearer of the Westlands Constituency.

Okatch told the Board that despite his client winning in the primaries, he has not been issued the Interim Certificate and that the party has remained tight-lipped.

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