Wajir leaders claim DP William Ruto brokered ODM candidate's withdrawal from by-election
Linda Shiundu|April. 11, 2019
- The leaders claimed the decision by Yusuf Elmi to withdrawal from the Wajir West by-election was arrived at following consultations with the DP
- They also said two other candidates had agreed to step down from the mini poll following an agreement with Ruto
- According to the leaders, the three will now support Jubilee's candidate in the by-election
- Their statement followed Elmi's claim that ODM did not convince him to step down but his clan elders did
- This was after the elders and the candidates met with the DP at his Karen residence
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,” the Wajir leaders said.
They 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.
“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,” he said after a meeting with the DP.
Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju earlier claimed the decision by Elmi to withdrawal from the race was reached after high-level consultation between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.
The 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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