Political parties dispute tribunal nullifies Tim Wanyonyi’s ODM nomination certificate
The Political Parties Dispute Tribunal has nullified the ODM nomination certificate of Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi and ordered a repeat of the nomination process.
This is after Michael Magero Gumo, the son of veteran politician Fred Gumo, moved to court to challenge ODM's decision to nominate the lawmaker.
"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.
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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.