In Summary
  • Director of Elections Junet Mohamed (Suna East) noted that the decision followed "high level party consultations" and Jubilee's withdrawal from the Migori, Ugenya and Embakasi South
  • ODM had named Mohamed Yusuf as the candidate who would face politicians including Jubilee’s Mohamed Kolosh.
  • The orange party suffered unexpected losses in Ugenya and Embakasi south, which led its officials to say that its strategies would be reviewed.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) on Tuesday withdrew from the Wajir West by-election scheduled for April 25, citing Jubilee Party's pullout from the Ugenya and Embakasi South votes that took place last week.

The party led by Raila Odinga, through Director of Elections Junet Mohamed (Suna East), also noted that the decision followed "high level party consultations".

"The party arrived at this decision following consultations with the top leadership of Jubilee Party, during which we agreed to reciprocate Jubilee’s earlier decision to withdraw from the Migori, Ugenya and Embakasi South by-elections," Mr Mohamed said in a statement.

"Just as Jubilee did in the three recent by-elections, ODM will not take sides in the contest in Wajir West. We wish victory to the best candidate."

THE CANDIDATES

ODM had named Mohamed Yusuf as the candidate who would face politicians including Jubilee’s Mohamed Kolosh.

Mr Kolosh will now face Kanu’s Ibrahim Sheikh and Ford-Kenya’s Daud Mohammed Ali.

The seat fell vacant following a successful petition by Sheikh against Mr Kolosh’s August 8, 2017 poll victory.

Delivering their verdict on January 18, Chief Justice David Maraga, Justices Mohamed Ibrahim, Smokin Wanjala, Jackton Ojwang, Njoki Ndung’u and Isaac Lenaola agreed that votes were manipulated to favour Mr Kolosh.

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