NAIROBI, Pres Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have vowed that the repeat Presidential election on Oct 26 will go on as planned despite the withdrawal of the NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka from the race.
Speaking at a public rally in Voi town,Taita Taveta County moments after the NASA Principals announced their decision to withdraw from the race, Kenyatta said Kenyans are more than ready to exercise their democratic right of choosing their leader.
Kenyatta said Odinga has exercised his democratic right to withdraw from the repeat poll but Jubilee is ready for the planned poll.
What is the justice in the act of withdrawing from an election after causing Kenyans to use Kenya shillings 12 billion?” he posed.
Kenyatta said the election will be conducted whether the name of Odinga is on the ballot or not.
Democracy is for all and no single individual can stand in the way of the democratic right of the people said the President.
On his part, Ruto accused the former Prime Minister of taking Kenyans in circles for fear of a resounding defeat at the repeat poll.
Ruto said as Jubilee, they will abide by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s decision whether it declares President Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner or go for the scheduled election after the unexpected withdrawal of NASA.
Meanwhile, IEBC is currently meeting with its legal team following the unexpected announcement by opposition leader Raila Odinga to quite the poll-re-run.
The commissioner has tweeted that it will communicate the way forward following the new developments.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK