Raila to Challenge Ruto's Victory at Supreme Court

  • A collage image of Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (left) and Deputy President William Ruto (right).
    A collage image of Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (left) and Deputy President William Ruto (right).
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  • Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, has resolved to challenge Deputy President William Ruto's victory in the August 9, 2022 elections at the Supreme Court.

    Addressing the press at KICC on Wednesday, August 16, Raila stated that the results announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) were erroneous and ought to be nullified.

    Raila stated that Azimio will explore all the legal options at its disposal in seeking an annulment of Deputy President William Ruto's win.

    IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati handing over an election certificate to President-elect William Ruto at Bomas of Kenya on August 15, 2022
    IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati handing over an election certificate to President-elect William Ruto at Bomas of Kenya on August 15, 2022
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    He accused Chebukati of deliberately trying to overturn the will of the people who voted on August 9.

    Notably, he argued that their decision to reject the results was substantiated by the four commissioners led by IEBC vice chairperson, Juliana Cherera, who distanced themselves from the results announced by Chebukati.

    "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.

    "The law does not vest in the chairperson, the powers of a dictator to rule IEBC unilaterally. Decisions must be taken by consensus or by a vote of the majority," Raila stated.

    Raila made the statement after meeting Azimio leaders in response to the declaration of Deputy President William Ruto as the President-Elect.

    Further, the Azimio leader called on their supporters to remain calm stating that their legal team were handling the matter.

    "We will be pursuing all constitutional and legal options available to us. We will do so because we regard the many flaws in the election and the wrongs committed by IEBC as fatal to the process and outcome announced by Mr Chebukati."

    "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," he stated.

    Azimio is set to meet all elected leaders tomorrow (August 16) as they strategise on their next step.

    Supreme Court judges, from left: Justices Isaac Lenaola, Smokin Wanjala, Philomena Mwilu (DCJ), Martha Koome (CJ), Ibrahim Mohammed, Njoki Ndungu and William Ouko outside the apex court premises on Thursday, March 31, 2022
    Supreme Court judges, from left: Justices Isaac Lenaola, Smokin Wanjala, Philomena Mwilu (DCJ), Martha Koome (CJ), Ibrahim Mohammed, Njoki Ndungu and William Ouko outside the apex court premises.
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