Azimio: Why we didn't take poll results evidence to Supreme Court

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka addressing journalists at the SKM Command Centre in Nairobi on January 19, 2023 on behalf of the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya maintains that their candidate, Raila Odinga, won the August 9, 2022 presidential election with a big margin.

Addressing journalists at the Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka (SKM) Command Centre in Nairobi on Thursday, January 19, the Azimio principals said they did not have the "valid" results when they filed their petition at the Supreme Court challenging President William Ruto's victory.

The team, led by Wiper Party Kalonzo Musyoka, said Odinga got 8.1 million votes while Ruto got 5.9 million votes in the recent election.

Official results by the IEBC indicated Ruto won with 7.18 million of the votes (50.49 per cent) against Odinga's 6.94 million votes (48.85 per cent).

The new results, the coalition principals said, were disclosed to them by an insider of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

"The data that we shared with Kenyans in regard to election outcome was not available to us when we filed the presidential petition in August last year," Musyoka said on Thursday.

The evidence the Azimio team produced in court was termed "hot air" by the Supreme Court for failing to meet the threshold needed to overturn the presidential election outcome.

"We're now waiting for Raila Odinga to return from South Africa so that we chart the way forward," said Musyoka, adding: "Kenyans will surely be informed about the next course of action."

During the Thursday address, the Azimio leaders present were Narc-Kenya Party Leader and Odinga's running-mate Martha Karua, former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Jubilee Party Secretary-General Jeremiah Kioni and Odinga's spokesperson in the presidential election Makau Mutua.

The Azimio team said they will soon reveal more shocking details about how the 2022 presidential election was "bungled".

"Expect more bombshells when Raila returns," said Musyoka.

The Wiper Party chief claims staff members of the IEBC are currently being harassed by the State to disclose who leaked the information to the Azimio officials.

According to Jeremiah Kioni, election results were highly manipulated in the Mt. Kenya region.

"It's unbelievable what we are told about Raila's votes in Mt. Kenya. For instance, in Kiambu County, we understand that Raila got 434,501 votes while Ruto got 371,377 votes. In Kirinyaga County, Raila got 186,831 votes while Ruto got 72,399 votes," said Kioni.

The Azimio team says "it doesn't matter whether Ruto is the president now, but the truth has come out".

"They denied us access to the real data when we needed it. We are now demanding forensic audit into the results," added Kioni.

The Azimio la Umoja principals say they have safely secured the whistleblowers, whom "we've put under round the clock protection".