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Peter Obi hails Kenya’s Ruto on Supreme Court victory

Peter Obi hails Kenya's Ruto on Supreme Court victory

Kenyan President-elect William Ruto (L) from Kenya Kwanza (Kenya First) political party coalition andhis running mate Rigathi Gachaua (R) celebrates at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Bomas of Kenya Tallying Centre in Nairobi on August 15, 2022. - The head of Kenya's election body on August 15, 2022 declared Deputy President William Ruto the winner of the country's close-fought presidential election, despite several commissioners rejecting the results. Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said Ruto had won almost 7.18 million votes (50.49 percent) against 6.94 million (48.85 percent) for his rival Raila Odinga in the August 9 vote. (Photo by Tony KARUMBA / AFP)

Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi congratulated Kenya president-elect, Williams Ruto, after the country’s apex court Monday upheld his victory in the election.

Ruto was declared the winner of the just concluded presidential election in the East African country.

He polled 50.49 per cent of the total votes cast (7,176,141) to defeat his closest rival, ex-Prime Minister Raila Odinga who polled 48.85 per cent (6,942,930) of votes cast.

Mr Ruto also achieved the minimum 25 per cent of votes in 39 counties.

However, Mr Odinga rejected the results alleging irregularities and went to court as a result.

Four of the seven electoral commission members also refused to authenticate the result.

In its unanimous judgment, the apex court dismissed the petition by the opposition leader, Raila Odinga against Ruto’s electoral victory.

Reacting to the development, Peter Obi hailed the verdict upholding Ruto’s victory.

He also described the development as a double victory for Kenyans.

Obi via his official Twitter page also stated that Ruto’s supremacy court victory holds vital lessons of hope and courage to Nigerians.

“I congratulate Kenyan VP @WilliamsRuto on the Supreme Court verdict upholding his victory in the Presidential elections. He has achieved a great feat and victory, both at the polls and in the courts.

“By this verdict, it is a double victory in Kenya, for the national democracy and the integrity of the judiciary. The recent political events in Kenya that saw Ruto to victory, hold vital lessons of hope and courage to Nigerians.

“who are firmly focused on taking back their nation from the old order, for good. -PO” he tweeted.

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