The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has withdrawn from the upcoming Wajir West by-election citing returning favour to Jubilee Party who withdrew their candidates in the just concluded Ugenya and Embakasi South by-elections.
Through their Director of Elections Junet Mohamed, the ODM party through a statement said “The Orange Democratic Movement wishes to communicate to its members that it will not
participate in the upcoming Wajir-West by-elections scheduled for April 25, 2019, as earlier announced.
The party has arrived at this decision following consultations with the top leadership of the Jubilee Party during which we agreed to reciprocate Jubilee’s earlier decision to withdraw from the Migori, Ugenya and Embakasi South by-elections.
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.”
Mohamed Yussuf had been fielded by the Orange party and cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The Supreme Court ordered fresh elections in Wajir West in the case that was filed against the election of Ahmed Kolosh, who is the Jubilee Party candidate.
Kolosh’s victory was nullified after the Supreme Court ruled that his election was invalid after a petition by Abdirahman Ibrahim Mohamed of KANU.
Last week, ODM lost in both Ugenya and Embakasi South by-elections.
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.