ODM withdraws from Wajir West by-election after ‘consultations with Jubilee’


Suna East MP Junet Mohamed reads the statement by NASA lawmakers on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
Suna East MP Junet Mohamed reads a statement by NASA lawmakers on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. PHOTO | FILE

In Summary

  • In a letter signed by ODM's Director of Elections Junet Mohammed, the party said the move was occasioned by consultations with the top leadership of Jubilee Party.
  • The decision by ODM, however, throws to a spin, the candidature of Mohamed Yussuf who had already been cleared by IEBC to contest for the seat on the party’s ticket.
  • Mr. Yussuf was, however, yet to issue a statement on the matter at the time of publishing.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party on Tuesday pulled out of the upcoming Wajir West by-elections scheduled for April 25, 2019.

In a letter signed by ODM’s Director of Elections Junet Mohammed, the party said the move was occasioned by consultations with the top leadership of Jubilee Party.

According to the Suna East MP, the Raila Odinga-led party “agreed to reciprocate Jubilee’s earlier decision to withdraw from the Migori, Ugenya and Embakasi South by-elections.”

“Just as Jubilee did in the three recent by-elections, ODM will not take sides in the contest in Wajir West. We wish victory to the best candidate,” read the letter.

Mohamed Yussuf had previously been cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to contest for the seat on the party’s ticket but has since defected to Jubilee Party.

The Wajir West seat fell vacant following a decision by the Supreme Court in January this year which nullified the election of Ahmed Kolosh after a successful petition by Abdirahman Ibrahim Mohammed of KANU.

Mr. Kolosh, the former MP who also defected from the ODM party, will fly the Jubilee Party flag in the by-election.

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