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I was rigged out, not conceded Kisumu ticket-Ranguma

Kisumu County Governor Jack Ranguma Displaying his Provisional nomination certificate at Agah Khan Hall after being declared winner.
Incumbent Kisumu governor Jack Ranguma has maintained that he was rigged out of ODM in the ongoing party nominations.

Ranguma on Saturday told a NTV he is yet to concede defeat to senator Anyang Nyong’o after the ODM’s National Elections Board declared Nyong’o the winner.

Chairperson Judy Pareno said the party’s tribunal had established beyond doubt that Nyongo garnered 164,553 votes against Ranguma’s 98,573 votes.

Ranguma and Nyong’o had both been declared winners after ODM Kisumu governor primaries on Tuesday.

Nyong’o was declared winner by county returning officer Tom Okong’o at Thurdibuoro Secondary School in Nyakach constituency after he garnered 164,110 votes against Ranguma’s 91,480.

At Aga Khan Hall in Kisumu town, Ranguma was announced the winner by deputy returning officer Richard Kiyondi with 118, 934 votes against Nyong’o’s 32,028.

In the interview, Ranguma dismissed Pareno’s declaration saying he garnered more than 130,000 votes against Nyongo’s 54, 000.

“I have heard many people say there was confusion in Kisumu and left to wonder which confusion. The returning officer was somewhere in the bush when votes were being counted,” he said.

Ranguma accused Nyongo for conspiring with the returning officer to declare him the winner.

“It is evident that I have been rigged out of ODM. I greatly blame the elections board for having a hand in this to ensure am bungled out,’ Ranguma said.

Ranguma however dismissed claims that he had resolved to vie as an independent candidate.

He said he was yet to consult his constituents on the way forward after the decision by the board.

I had fears that I would lose the seat after I learned that the matter had been sealed at Orange house. Am yet to decide whether I will go independent but that will only depend on what my people want, he said.



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