Jeremiah Kioni: Raila won the August 2022 polls
A former lawmaker now says Raila Odinga comfortably won the August 2022 polls by more than two million votes.
In an address to the media in Nairobi on January 18, 2023, Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni shared what he said was information from a whistle-blower who worked at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) during the electioneering period.
The whistleblower who is anonymous claims s/he was central to the administration of the elections.
The official claims Raila Odinga garnered 8,170,355 votes (57.33%) against President William Ruto’s 5,915,973 (41.66%).
Kioni, while referring to the document, also says results from 59% of the constituencies could not be verified with absolute certainty.
The lawmaker further claimed most of the manipulation of election results occurred in Central Kenya.
“A comprehensive report will be issued by our party leader and others that you have always seen us within Azimio and I ask that you take time also through the report, we will summarise it for you,” said Kioni.
The document and Kioni’s sentiments come hours after President Ruto claimed there was a plot to abduct and murder former IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati. The murder, the Head of State explained, was to happen so as a friendly commissioner would announce Raila Odinga as the election winner ‘against the will of the people’
President Ruto praised Chebukati for upholding the constitution and the rule of law as he exited office officially on Tuesday 17th January 2023.
However, his remarks were unsettling to Odinga’s affiliated politicians who urged the Head of State to form a Commission Inquiry that shall probe the plot adding that when that time comes, the allegations stated should be presented backed up with evidence.
As per the official IEBC tally, President Ruto scooped 7,176,141 votes, an equivalent of 50.49 percent of the total votes cast, ahead of his main challenger Raila Odinga who garnered about 6942,930 votes, or 48.85 percent of the votes to win the elections.
Mr Odinga challenged the results at the Supreme Court but the case was dismissed owing to lack of evidence.