On Monday, August 22, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party candidate Raila Odinga filed a petition challenging William Ruto’s presidential win.

Raila who was accompanied by his running mate Martha Karua, Kalonzo Musyoka and other leaders allied to the coalition lodged the petition and voluminous documentary evidence at the Supreme Court.

Unlike in the previous petitions, this year’ was controversial after a lorry was seen making its way to the precincts of the Supreme Court and in it were tonnes of evidence packed in 39 carton boxes.

On Monday, August 22, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party candidate Raila Odinga filed a petition challenging William Ruto’s presidential win.
On Monday, August 22, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party candidate Raila Odinga filed a petition challenging William Ruto’s presidential win. Photo: Aaron Cheruiyot/Twitter.

The Azimio heavyweights are intending to use evidence availed at the apex court to prove how the just concluded presidential election conducted by IEBC was a sham and that it was marred by irregularities and illegalities.

But commenting on the petition, Kericho senator-elect Aaron Cheruiyot said Raila’s petition is not aimed at challenging Ruto’s win as earlier claimed.

Cheruiyot, a fierce critic of Raila Odinga in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday, August 22, said Raila’s main agenda is to seek a handshake with president-elect William Ruto.

“The Azimio petition revolves around the culpability of Chebukati.  They want him hanged so as to occasion a crisis. ODM thrives on violence and anarchy. They want a situation where the country will be on the brink. Then boom, talks, and finally the usual handshake,” Cheruiyot said.

Speaking after being declared the fifth President-elect, William Ruto categorically ruled out a power-sharing arrangement with his main challenger Raila Odinga.

Ruto said he will work with his competitors in the role that the constitution assigns the people in the opposition which includes providing oversight over his government.

“I never believed in the handshake stories, I made my position clear because I believe in democracy, I believe in a government that has checks and balances,” he said.

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