Raila Has Not Dropped Presidential Bid - Orengo Reveals

  • Siaya Senator James Orengo has clarified that National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga has not dropped his bid for the Presidency but has only withdrawn from the October 26 election.

    Orengo was speaking on Wednesday during the coalition's anti-IEBC demonstrations where he clarified that Odinga had not totally abandoned his bid for the Presidency.

    The opposition leader on Tuesday announced his withdrawal from the upcoming exercise calling for a fresh election.

    [caption caption="Siaya Senator James Orengo"][/caption]

    Odinga argued that IEBC's refusal to meet his irreducible minimums was reason enough to prove the polls body does not intend to conduct free and fair elections.

    He further stated that Jubilee Party's move to rush amendments on the electoral laws showed they had an ill-motive.

    On Wednesday, the High Court cleared Thirdway Alliance presidential candidate Dr Ekuru Aukot to vie in the fresh presidential election stating that there was no reason to block him from participating.

    Giving the ruling, Justice John Mativo directed the IEBC to amend a gazette notice it had issued on presidential candidates to contest in the repeat election to include Mr Aukot's name.

    In his judgment, the judge ruled that Aukot was party to the petition challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election, as an interested party.

    Elsewhere, Independent Presidential Candidate Japheth Kaluyu has announced that he will run in the repeat presidential poll scheduled for October 26.

    Kaluyu made the announcement after the High Court cleared all eligible candidates to participate in the polls.

    He described the court ruling as a second chance for him to try his luck in the repeat election.

    [caption caption="Presidential candidates Japheth Kavinga, Michael Wainaina and Ekuru Aukot"][/caption]