NASA Leader Secretly Backed Duale - Farah Maalim Reveals
Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM-K) deputy party leader Farah Maalim has claimed that a National Super Alliance (NASA) leader was among those who backed his rival, parliament majority leader Aden Duale, in the race to become Garissa Town MP.
After the High Court on Tuesday threw out his petition challenging Duale's win in the August 8 election, Maalim took to social media to reveal that a NASA leader had secretly supported Duale's bid although the unnamed leader did not wield much influence in Garissa.
"I know of a NASA leader who supported Duale in the last general election. Although his inluence in Garissa is limited, democracy guarantees everybody freedom of choice. Some leaders have perfected the art of selling support," his since-deleted tweet read in part.
He further stated that he had issued instructions to his legal team to appeal the High Court decision.
In her ruling, Judge Hedwig Ongundi stated that not enough evidence had been presented to warrant nullification of the election results.
[caption caption="File image of Aden Duale"][/caption]
She noted that the Forms 35A presented in court had no discrepancies and dismissed claims that Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials were biased.
Duale, on the other hand, maintained that he won the election fair and square as he thanked the court for upholding his victory.
Maalim expressed confidence that the Court of Appeal would overturn the High Court decision.
In another tweet, he also dismissed allegations that he was warming up to the ruling Jubilee Party following his recent remarks that NASA was crumbling and his strong opposition to the swearing-in of Raila Odinga as the People's President.
"Rest assured the appeal will overturn today's ruling. What pisses some of us is the constant talk of warming up to JP. Get it fast I never warm up to anybody!!.That's the hallmark of my politics for almost thirty years. I follow my values/principles or when one makes sense period," he stated.
[caption caption="Farah Maalim's tweet that has since been deleted"][/caption]
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