In the 72-page petition, the former Prime Minister wants the Supreme Court to declare him the fifth President-elect.
Raila argues that he was illegally denied his rightful win in the presidential election held on Tuesday, August 9, across the country.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was backing his handshake partner Raila Odinga as the best person to proceed with the Jubilee’s big four agenda.
However, in a statement on Thursday, August 25, Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdulahi said neither William Ruto nor Raila Odinga has a bigger stake in the outcome of the presidential petition.
He opined that the outgoing Head of State is the mastermind behind Raila’s petition because it has provided him with the best chance to deny President-elect William Ruto a chance to succeed him.
“Outgoing President Kenyatta has a bigger stake in the outcome of the Presidential petition before the Supreme Court than both President-Elect William Ruto and Hon Raila…the case presents the last suicidal chance to stop President Ruto,” Ahmednasir said in a Tweet.
Uhuru bitterly fell out with his deputy after he shook hands with his long-time political foe Raila Odinga, a partnership that saw his throw his weight behind Ruto’s bitter rival in the 2022 presidential elections.
In an indirect reference to William Ruto, the outgoing president at one point said he will not hand over power to thieves who will steal and exploit Kenyans.
“I intend to ensure that those who will take over power will not exploit and steal from Kenyans. I want the next government to foster unity among our people not divide them,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said.