Raila thanks Mount Kenya people for voting for him ‘like never before’
By Joshua Cheloti
Opposition leader Raila Odinga has maintained that data released by a whistleblower on the August 9 presidential election results is the accurate representation of the Kenyans’ final verdict.
Odinga addressing his first political rally hours after jetting back from South Africa claims that based on the data, Mount Kenya voters backed his presidential bid overwhelmingly.
The former Prime Minister who was accompanied by a number of Azimio leaders including his running mate Martha Karua and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka took the opportunity to thank the mount Kenya voters.
He insisted that with the mountain solidly behind him, he had an insurmountable margin against his main rival, now President William Ruto.
“According to the IEBC whistleblower data, we won handily with over 2 million votes. The people of the mountain voted for us as they have never done before. I want to thank the inhabitants of the mountain for giving me an insurmountable margin in the election,” Odinga said.
Data from the whistleblower shows that Raila won with 8.1 million votes, against Ruto who had 5.9 million votes.
This data is contrary to the final results announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC)
Wafula Chebukati, then the IEBC chairman related Ruto winner of the August 9 presidential election after garnering over 7.1 million votes which represented 50.49 votes.
Raila finished second with 48.8 percent of the votes cast, barely 200,000 votes from the total that the winner had.
The results were later challenged in court but the Supreme Court dismissed the petition, affirming Ruto’s win.
But during the Kamukunji Grounds rally, the opposition leader announced that he does not recognize Ruto as a legitimate President.
He also declared a start of resistance against his government.
“We as Azimio reject the 2022 election results totally. We cannot and will not recognise the Kenya Kwanza regime and we consider the Kenya Kwanza government illegitimate. We do not recognise William Ruto as the president of Kenya,” Raila told a huge crowd that attended the rally.