Funyula MP Paul Otuoma has resigned from ODM party.
In a letter to the ODM Secretary General Agnes Zani copied to the Registrar of Political Parties, Dr Otuoma asked ODM to remove his name from party list.
The letter, received by the office of the Registrar of Political Parties on Friday states in part: “I am a life party member number 000032 having been issued with life membership certificate. I would wish to resign and withdraw from the party with immediate effect.”
The Registrar Lucy Ndung’u on Friday confirmed receipt of Dr Otuoma’s resignation letter.
“Yes it is true he (Otuoma) has tendered his resignation from ODM party and we have received the letter,” she said.
Dr Otuoma made the move barely two days after he hinted at running for the Busia governorship independently if the ODM party denied him a certificate.
Addressing supporters in Busia town on Wednesday, the MP said he would not go for a re-run of Busia ODM primaries in Teso North and Teso South constituencies for the governorship seat set for April 25, as earlier directed by the party’s national elections board.
“This whole situation is becoming stale. I have already made the decision. I will run for the governorship seat with or without ODM certificate. They are trying to introduce a tribal angle which has a long time effect to our people,” he said.
The MP had petitioned ODM to hand him the certificate “since I was the choice of the people of Busia County.”
ODM Busia County Returning officer retired justice Vitalis Juma had declared Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’ winner in the primaries with 92,358 votes against Dr Otuoma’s 63,752.
With Dr Otuoma’s resignation from ODM, Mr Ojaamong’ could now become the party’s automatic candidate for the August 8 polls.