NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga announced that he will not be participating in the repeat election slated for October 26th
IEBC confirmed that they received Raila's letter moments after he made his announcement
National Super Alliance (NASA) flag bearer Raila Odinga on October 19th 2017 announced that the coalition will not be participating in the repeat election, leaving many Kenyans confused.
The former Prime Minister led the NASA coalition to Supreme Court, challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in the August 8th presidential election.
The Supreme Court declared the results of the August 8th election invalid, null and void – ordering for a fresh election within 60 days.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chair Wafula Chebukati announced that the repeat presidential election would be held on October 26th, a decision Raila was never comfortable with.
Raila vowed not to walk into another election with Ezra Chiloba still IEBC CEO and demanded his removal, but the CEO said that he will not retire and was focused on preparing for the next election.
Kenyans took to Twitter and Facebook to express themselves, most shocked by Raila’s decision while other actually pleased:
Raila Odinga withdrawal is the best news I've heard in my entire life.
We will swear in Uhuru as soon as possible.
Congrats Mr.Uhuru 5 tena— Hon Moses Kuria (@HonMosesKuria) October 10, 2017
Raila Odinga is a very smart politician. He knows what he is doing#Ballot2017October 10, 2017
Paybill Money gone like that. Raila Odinga is a fraud— Njoroge (@itsnjosh) October 10, 2017
Raila Odinga will remain a man of many momentous firsts. The first civilian who has run a country without being president.— Zeddy Harrison (@Zeddize) October 10, 2017
Raila Odinga, speaking to Radio Jambo, has just revealed Jubilee had already printed fresh ballot papers along Mombasa Road.— D I K E M B E (@Disembe) October 11, 2017
Raila Odinga's withdrawal was premature.— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN (@kipmurkomen) October 11, 2017
Jubilee failed to understand what Raila Odinga meant when he told his supporters to "vote" and "leave the rest to me".— Hon Lee Makwiny ™ (@leemakwiny) October 11, 2017
Raila Odinga is first civilian who has run a country (Kenya)without being the sworn in president.— Hbox (@LugayeAmos) October 11, 2017