NAIROBI, Kenya Aug. 2 (Reuters) – Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga, who lost the August 9 presidential election to Vice President William Ruto, is still hopeful.
So much so that he is adamant the Supreme Court will annul Ruto’s victory, who was declared the winner with 7.1 million against his 6.9 million.
“The victory of the people is not stolen,” said Odinga.
Odinga plans to submit a petition to the Supreme Court on Monday, with sources suggesting there will be two or three more petitions from other people or organizations.
“The people’s victory will be known because we know it and it will be known starting tomorrow (Monday),” he said, accompanied by fellow campaigner Martha Karua and wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
Karua reiterated Odinga’s determination to ensure justice, saying, “Without justice there can be no lasting peace, and for justice to happen we need God.”
Karua said Azimio believes in the rule of law, “and we are people of peace, and that’s why we’re going to go to the Supreme Court.”
For his part, Kalonzo said he firmly believes Ruto’s “perceived victory is short-lived because the advocate in me is telling me this election isn’t over because what’s happening in Mombasa, Kisumu and other constituencies is not yet over.” has never been seen before”.
He was referring to the gubernatorial elections in Kakamega and Mombasa, which have been postponed indefinitely by the Electoral Commission IEBC.
“General election is not over until the two counties have a governor,” Karua said.
She said the delays were well calculated by the electoral commission to deny Azimio victory.
The IEBC initially postponed elections in the two districts until August 23 because of a ballot mix-up, but announced last week that they would not be held until a later date amid commission chairman Wafula Chebukati’s allegations of intimidation of staff.
But the Azimio leaders interpret more into this decision and say it is suspicious since both districts are strongholds of Odinga.
The general elections in Kitui Rural and Rongai were also postponed – all blamed on a mix-up of ballots.