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Kenyans react after NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga withdraws from repeat poll

By Timothy Makokha | Published Tue, October 10th 2017 at 18:51, Updated October 10th 2017 at 18:58 GMT +3
Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga (centre) addressing the press at Okoa Kenya secretariat offices on 10/10/17 where he stated that he won't participate in the repeat election which was scheduled to happen on 26th October 2017- [photo:Beverlyne Musili]

Moments after NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga officially quit the October 26 repeat election, Kenyans on social media expressed varied views on the way forward.

Kenyans received the news with mixed reactions, for instance NASA supporters kept wondering what would happen to the most hyped journey to the promised land, Canaan. Others were celebrating Raila’s move while criticising IEBC for ignoring the irreducible minimum reforms.

NASA principals had assured Kenyans during a press briefing on Tuesday that Raila’s withdrawal from the presidential race can’t stop the ongoing anti-IEBC demonstrations, arguing that the demos should even be intensified countrywide to push the electoral commission conduct fresh presidential polls.

Those opposed to Raila’s move were of the view that Uhuru Kenyatta should be sworn in now that he is the only willing candidate to participate in the repeat poll.

Some curious Jubilee supporters were quick to ask about money contributed for NASA campaign through a pay bill number.

The following are some of the reactions of Kenyans on twitter:

Ahmednasir Abdullahi @ahmednasirlaw: Under Regulations 52 and 53 IEBC must declare HE Uhuru duly elected president of Kenya.

Donald B Kipkorir @DonaldBKipkorir With the withdrawal of Baba Raila Odinga from #Ballot2017, Kenya enters into uncharted Constitutional & Legal waters! God Save Kenya!

Dr. Miguna Miguna @MigunaMiguna Thank you @RailaOdinga for creating a constitutional crisis; the SINE QUA NON for TRANSFORMATION. Let's separate quacks from patriots!

KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN @kipmurkomen We are ready for the October 26th elections and in the alternative a declaration that Uhuru Kenyatta stands elected unopposed.

Hon. Aden Duale @HonAdenDuale It‘s Raila Odinga’s right to withdraw from the fresh elections. It‘s also the Kenyan people’s right to elect their president on Oct 26th.

Prof Makau Mutua @makaumutua There WONT be a fresh presidential election in Kenya on October 26 as NASA's Raila Odinga pulls out

Agot Bonface @agot­ _bonface Raila Odinga is the BEST GIFT that ever happened to Kenya.  The son of the LAND. The intelligent politician of all time

@Bawse17: A moment of silence for those NASA followers who contributed to Raila Odinga 's MPESA Pay bill for his re-election campaign

@sautiyajamiiKE #Ballot2017 Withdrawal of RT Raila Ondinga from 26th general election is so confusing. NASA should stay tight and wait for election.

Trouble Some™ @johncigi #Ballot2017 So Raila Odinga withdraws then still calls for #NoReformsNoElections  Demos... So why are we demonstrating

Theodore @DidiNigel No Public transportation to Canaan anymore. @KMworia  #Ballot2017

COFEK, Kenya @ConsumersKenya: Raila Odinga move to snub Oct 26 elections leaves IEBC with huge bills after contracts for HR and supply of materials were inked #Ballot2017  

StaxShades @StaxShades #Ballot2017 Breaking News! Nasa develops cold feet & withdraws from presidential race to avoid more defections

Jefferson???????? @MandelaVibes @RailaOdinga has saved the country from the impending impunity on Oct. 26th. #Ballot2017

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