Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga will challenged Deputy President William Ruto’s victory in the just concluded elections.
Speaking to the press from Azimio Media Center at the KICC, the former Prime Minister dismissed IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati’s announcement as null and void.
Raila accused Chebukati of trying to overturn the will of the people, adding that he will be moving to court by on seek annulment of Ruto’s won.
“Our view in Azimio is clear, the figures by Wafula Chebukati are null and void and must be quashed by a court of law. In our view, there is neither a legally and validly declared winner nor a president-elect,” Raila said.
The Azimio flag bearer also urged his supporters to keep calm as their legal team handle the matter.
“I want to commend our supporters for keeping calm and keeping peace and urge them to continue doing so. Let no one take the law into their own hands. Justice will prevail,” Raila added.
Raila Odinga: I want to commend our supporters for keeping calm and keeping peace and urge them to continue doing so. Let no one take the law into their own hands… justice will prevail. #KenyaElections2022 #Decision2022 pic.twitter.com/kSRU5VLhLN
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) August 16, 2022
At the same time, Ruto ruled out the possibility of working with his arch rival, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Ruto noted that he never subscribed to the so-called handshake, adding that the government works well with a strong opposition.
“I never believed in the handshake stories, I made my position clear because I believe in democracy, I believe in a government that has checks and balances
“When you have a government without doesn’t have the opposition, you run the very high risk of having a government that is not accountable precisely what we had seen over the last four years,” he said.
Ruto made it clear that he would only engage Raila as the opposition leader.
“My competitors have a role to play. I will work with my competitors in the role that the Constitution assigns the people in the opposition
“They will provide oversight over my government and I intend to work with them in that capacity,” said Ruto.
Ruto was declared president after garnering 7,176,141 votes; 50.49 per cent of the total votes cast.
Raila was seconded with 6,942,930 which is 48.88 per cent of the total votes cast.
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