The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) say it is all systems go in Thursday’s Wajir West by-election.
Jubilee’s candidate Ahmed Kolosh Mohamed and Kanu’s Ibrahim Mohamud will battle out for the seat that fell vacant after the Supreme Court nullified Kolosh’s victory in the 2017 polls after a petition was filed by Mohamud.
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Kolosh formerly of ODM switched to jubilee party following the nullification. ODM has withdrawn from the race.
Director of Elections Junet Mohammed said the ODM had arrived at the decision following consultations with the top leadership of the Jubilee Party during which they agreed to reciprocate Jubilee’s earlier decision to withdraw from the Migori, Ugenya and Embakasi South by-elections.
“The party has withdrawn from the April 25th by-election in Wajir West Constituency. This follows high-level consultations between Jubilee Party and ODM which arrived at the decision to reciprocate former’s earlier gesture not to field candidates in by-elections in Ugenya and Embakasi South,” he said
Prof Mohamed Yusuf who has supported the Jubilee candidate said the decision was arrived at following the intervention by the Degodia clan over fears his candidature would create divisions in the community.
Speaking at the residence of the Deputy President William Ruto’s Karen residence during a luncheon with leaders from the clan, Prof Yusuf said the decision had nothing to do with the ODM.
“I have today withdrawn from the Wajir West parliamentary seat by-election following days of negotiations within our community. ODM had nothing to do with it,” he said.