Migori Governor Okoth Obado has today survived a petition challenging his election.
The Court of Appeal has upheld his election after the former minister Ochillo Oyacko failed to prove that the election was not conducted within the law. J
udge Julius Gatembu rulled in favor of Mr. Obado and ordered Mr. Oyacko to pay a fine of Ksh 2 million down from the previous Ksh 6 million ordered by the High Court.
This month, Mr. Ayacko confirmed that he had stopped all legal battles against Governor Obado with his lawyers writing the same to Obado’s lawyers.
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The change of mind came after the two leaders were united by opposition leader Raila Odinga during the burial of Migori Senator Ben Oluoch.
“I have decided to withdraw the petition. My lawyers have already sent a letter to Mr Obado’s lawyers communicating my intention. The same letter has been copied to the Court of Appeal,” said Mr Ochillo.
Governor Obado took to social media to thank the Court of Appeal decision and his supporters.
“I am happy after the Court of Appeal in Kisumu upheld my election victory as the Governor of Migori County. I reiterate that I won the 2017 gubernatorial election and thank our law courts for making fair judgments; from High Court in Migori to the Court of Appeal in Kisumu. I thank my supporters for peace and unity they have shown during this period. May God bless you all.”