It was a bad moment for Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party after their candidates who they thoroughly campaigned for were defeated.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party candidates for Ugenya and Embakasi South by-elections were defeated squarely in the by-election on Friday.
In Ugenya, vote tallying ended early Saturday with Movement for Democracy and Growth (MDG) candidate David Ochieng winning with 18,730 votes.
Raila’s candidate, Christoper Karan (Orange Democratic Movement) emerged second with 14,507 votes.
While in Embakasi South, Wiper Party candidate Julius Musili Mawathe garnered 21,628 votes defeating ODM’s lrshad Sumra who came a distant second with 7,988 votes.
Following the embarrassment, the ODM Party has issued a statement.
The statement read;
“The by-elections in Ugenya and Embakasi South are now behind us.
The Orange Democratic Movement takes this opportunity to congratulate the winners; Hon David Ochieng (Ugenya) and Hon Julius Mawathe (Embakasi South) for their victories.
We thank our supporters and candidates who took part in the campaigns and the voting. We particularly thank the voters and the candidates for the decorum, civility and respect that prevailed throughout the campaigns and on Election Day. Through this, our continuing march into a truly democratic nation has been enriched.
Further, we thank the Jubilee Party Leader, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta who, in the spirit of the Handshake, asked his party to pull out of the Ugenya and Embakasi South by-elections. That decision made the by-elections a friendly contest between familiar allies and parties.
In the two contests, the people have spoken in favour of politics of accommodation, tolerance, reason and embrace of each other and the wider national agenda. We applaud this.
It is line with our policy as a Party, and one we intend to carry forward in line with the provisions of the MoU between H.E. Raila Odinga and H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta signed on March 9, 2018. The Party will certainly review its performance in the two by-elections with a view to establishing what could have been done differently.”