Kenya’s main opposition candidate, Raila Odinga and his National Super Alliance (NASA) party on Tuesday said they will not participate in the country’s presidential re-run elections ordered by the country’s Supreme Court.
NASA got a favourable court judgment after the Justice David Muraga– led court cancelled the August 8 presidential elections in which the country’s electoral body, the IEBC declared incumbent President, Uhuru Kenyatta the winner with over 60% of the votes cast.
Odinga said: “Following the nullification of the presidential election held on the 8th of August 2017, and the subsequent gazettement by the commission of the undersigned as presidential candidate and running mate for fresh elections, that they had scheduled for the 26th of October 2017, we hereby withdraw our candidature with immediate effect.”
Despite the withdrawal, Kenyatta, who is campaigning in the port city of Mombasa told supporters that the polls will go ahead as planned even as the IEBC says it, alongside its legal team were meeting on the development and would issue a statement on the way forward.
Meanwhile, a Kenyan High Court on Wednesday ruled that the election board should include another candidate, possibly Ekuru Aukot who polled less than one percent in the August 8th elections in the presidential re-run election.
Wednesday’s ruling by Justice John Mativo means that President Uhuru Kenyatta may still have a challenger on October 26 despite Raila Odinga’s withdrawal over allegations of bias.