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Meet Wajackoyah the lawyer in petition challenging Ruto’s win

Prof George Wajackoyah on Tuesday appeared at the Supreme Court of Kenya for the pre-trial conference in petitions challenging the declaration of Dr William Ruto as the president-elect in the just concluded election.

Prof Wajackoyah is the leader of the Roots Party and was party’s presidential candidate seeking to succeed the outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Prof Wajackoyah was seen in the corridors of the court fully dressed in a black gown and a white wig and appeared ready for the task ahead.

In the concluded election, Prof Wajackoyah finished third with 61,969 votes behind Dr Ruto (7,176,141) and Mr Raila Odinga (6,942,930).

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Prof Wajackoyah, Dr Ruto and David Mwaure (31,987 votes) of Agano Party were all present at the Bomas of Kenya on August 15 when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced the presidential results.

Eight petitions have been filed at the Supreme Court challenging Dr Ruto’s win, including one by Mr Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition.

The coalition wants the court to nullify the results on the grounds that Dr Ruto didn’t achieve the constitutional threshold of victory. Mr Odinga’s coalition also wants the Supreme Court to order a recount of valid votes or a rerun.

The coalition also wants the court to revoke the certificate awarded to the President-elect by IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati.

Azimio also argues that IEBC did not have capacity to declare Dr Ruto the winner with four commissioners having disowned the declared outcome of the polls.