Two gubernatorial aspirants from Vihiga County, Wilber Ottichilo (ODM) and the incumbent, Moses Akaranga (PPK) were on Thursday cleared by the electoral body to contest the coveted seat.
Ottichilo who was first to arrive at 9am waited for more than 45 minutes for his electronic nomination certificate to be produced as it was said that the IEBC server was down.
Minutes earlier, his running mate, Patrick Lumumba had a tough time convincing County Returning Officer, Sarah Ogaro to clear him as he had left his first degree certificate at home.
When I went for my certificates to be certified, I was asked to remit any of my degrees to be confirmed. I gave them my Masters’ degree certificate which I had brought for verification, explained Lumumba who is a PHD holder and don at Moi University.
However, Ottichilo was later given his nomination certificate after he convinced the returning officer that he would bring the first degree certificate.
Ottichilo exuded confidence that he will win in the next polls and promised to improve infrastructure, water sector and welfare of the people if given chance to be governor.
Akaranga who arrived in style with his wife and supporters at 12 pm was also cleared as he had fulfilled all the requirements needed by the agency to run for the seat according to the County returning officer.
The Governor said his development track record speaks volumes and asked the residents to vote for him to finish his last term as the governor.
I have nothing much to worry about my re-election. In the past four and half years, I have initiated projects that have helped our people tenfold, said Akaranga.
Source: Kenya News Agency