August 15, 2018

Dida drops presidential ambition to support Raila

Alliance for Real Change (ARC) leader Mohammed Abduba Dida has quit the presidential race repeat election to support Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Dida indicated that his decision was guided by his belief that Raila will carry the day in the election.

Dida, reiterated that the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader will defeat Uhuru if the polls will be conducted in a free, fair and credible manner.

“From President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reactions after the Supreme Court ruling, even a class one kid will tell you that Raila Odinga will win the election in November if the election is free and fair. Uhuru knows very well that he is a one-term president. I will not contest, I’ll support Raila Odinga, he means well for this great nation,” stated Dida.

The Supreme Court nullified Uhuru’s re-election on Friday, ordering a fresh presidential election in 60 days.

According to the Chief Justice David Maraga, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) overlooked the Consititution, committed various illegalities affecting integrity of polls.

Justices Njoki Ndung’u and Jackton Ojwang’, however, indicated that the election was free and fair.

CJ Maraga noted that what they read was a ‘determination of the court and not a ruling’. He added that the Court would give a comprehensive ruling in 21 days.

Supporters of the NASA (National Super Alliance) thronged different towns in celebration after the Court’s determination.

Police officers had a hard time dispersing the crowds that were chanting NASA slogans and praising Maraga for the landmark ruling.

Declaring the results, IEBC chairman, Wafula Chebukati, announced that Uhuru had garnered 8,203,290 votes, representing 54.27 per cent of the votes cast.

Raila came in second with 6,762,224 votes, representing 44.74 per cent of the votes cast.

In total, 15,073,662 people cast their votes, representing 78.91 per cent of the registered voters.

Uhuru also garnered more than 25 per cent of the votes cast in 35 counties, compared to the NASA leader who got over 25 per cent in 29 counties.

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