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Wajir leaders claim DP William Ruto brokered Elmi Mohamed's withdrawal from by-election
Linda Shiundu|April. 11, 2019
A section of Wajir leaders on Wednesday, April 10, dismissed reports that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party convinced Mohamed Yusuf Elmi, to step down in the upcoming Wajir West by-election
A day after Deputy President William Ruto hosted the leaders accompanied by two other candidates, they claimed Elmi's withdrawal was brooked by the Jubilee deputy party leader.
According to a report by Citizen TV, they further claimed the decision had nothing to do with the ODM party or any of its functionaries.
“This was done in further consultation with Jubilee Deputy Party Leader William Ruto, who is also the Deputy President. The decision had nothing to do with the ODM party or any of its functionaries, as some would allege,” they said.
The leaders further noted the other two candidates, Ali Noor Abdi of Labour Party of Kenya and Abass Nonow Shihaw of Agano Party had also agreed to step down to support the Jubilee flag bearer.
According to the leaders, the statements by Jubilee party secretary Raphael Tuju and ODM amounts to conmanship and deceit which they as Wajir leaders will not condone.
“We, as leaders from the region do not condone deceit and/or conmanship. The efforts of the community cannot be taken for granted or rubbished by those who do not know the hours, energy and resources put in this,” they added.
The statement by the Wajir leaders came barely hours after Elmi formerly announced his withdrawal claiming it was the community which had requested him to step down and not ODM.
“It is not ODM that convinced me to step down; it is the community that told me to step down in favour of Kolosh,” Elmi said after a meeting with the DP.
ODM Director of Elections Junet Mohamed also said the party decided to pull out of the polls to reciprocate Jubilee’s withdrawal from the Migori, Ugenya and Embakasi South by-elections.
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