West Pokot Governor Simon Kachapin will face off senator John Lonyangapuo in the August gubernatorial elections after he secured the jubilee ticket in the just concluded Jubilee primaries.
Kachapin garnered 76,870 votes in the nominations after battling out with Geoffrey Lipale and Wilson Kolingura.
Lipale who came second managed to get 29,251 votes with Kolingura getting handful 1406 votes in the elections.
The results announced by the County returning officer Grace Lotum on Wednesday around midnight led to celebrations among supporters of the incumbent governor at Mtelo hall Kapenguria main tallying centre.
Kachapin will now fly the jubilee party flag in the forth coming general elections as he battles out with his fierce critic Lonyangapuo.
Being a close ally to deputy president William Ruto, Kachapin will be among few jubilee governors who have secure the Jubilee ticket to defend their seats in the August polls.
Kachapin congratulated other winners in the county asking those who lost to join hands in ensuring they deliver all the seats to the Jubilee side.
“All those who participated in the jubilee nominations should unite and make jubilee more powerful, our winning team have been campaigning peacefully and our main agenda is to develop our county which was marginalized for decades,” Kachapin said.
Kachapin added that he is ready to faceoff with kanu’s John Lonyangapuo on August 8.
Incumbent Women rep Regina Nyeris lost to Lilian Tomtom who garnered 45273 votes while Rodah Rotino came second with 35,501 votes. Nyeris has since defected and joined Chama cha Mashinani.
Others in the race were Lilian Korinyang 13842, and Josephine Lokoma 5765. MP David Pkossing, Pokot South won a direct jubilee ticket while John Lodinyo, Kacheliba and Lochakapong Peter (Sigor constituency) were unopposed after incumbents defected to CCM party.
Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto thrashed his rival Philemon Lotodo to clinch the ticket, Moroto garnered 17989 and Lotudo got 11369.
Most members of County assembly in West Pokot county lost in the primaries.