Deputy President William Ruto has thrown a spanner at ODM’s woes after their recent decision to withdraw from the Wajir West by-elections.
ODM released a statement on Tuesday, saying the party had withdrawn from the elections following high level consultations with Jubilee Party.
They said they reached an agreement to withdraw their candidate in the spirit of the handshake.
But Ruto has called termed this as a ‘Dalili ya Mvua ni Mawingu’ meaning ODM withdrew from the elections after sensing defeat. The opposition party was floored in the Ugenya and Embakasi South by-elections last week.
Ruto was confident in saying that the Jubilee Party would win the elections. In fact he said he wanted Ahmed Kolosh to win the position unopposed.
Even though ODM announced that they had withdrawn from the elections, that is not true. It is their candidate Mohammed Yusuf Elmi who had been coerced by Ruto to step down.
This was the second time Ruto outsmarted ODM, after convincing the current Jubilee Party Kolosh to ditch the opposition party.
Kolosh won the elections on an ODM ticket in 2017, but decided to ditch the party after his elections were nullified.