After defeating incumbent governor Stanley Kiptis and Eldma Ravine MP Moses Lesonet in heated party primaries, UDA aspirant Benjamin Cheboi seemed probably certain to win the party's gubernatorial nomination for Baringo county on August 9.
Unfortunately for UDA's Cheboi, his opponents accused him of not being honest in the primaries, claiming that voters from far-flung locations did not vote. They further stated that when certain ballot papers from Tiaty East and Tiaty West were delivered into polling stations, they had already been marked.
As a result, losers in the UDA party primaries, led by incumbent Governor Stanley Kiptis and Eldma Ravine MP Moses Lesonet, have banded together against UDA's Cheboi and redeclared their candidacies despite losing in the party primaries.
Governor Stanley Kiptis has paired up with Mr Richard Koech, who had left the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and joined Isaac Ruto's Chama Cha Kazi. He is now running as an independent candidate.
Eldma Ravine MP Moses Losonet, who came in second place in the UDA primaries, has started political war on Mr Cheboi, choosing Mr. Isaac Chebon, a close Gideon Moi friend, as his running mate.
The two UDA primary losers (Kiptis and Lesonet) have launched war on Benjamin Cheboi, accusing him of manipulating the UDA ticket. This revelation has complicated the waters for the UDA party, which had expected to take the seat handily.