Raila withdrawal from repeat poll was invalid, Uhuru tells Supreme Court

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President Uhuru Kenyatta holds the certificate of president-elect of the Republic of Kenya after IEBC announcement at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi, October 30, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

President Uhuru Kenyatta is asking the Supreme Court to throw out a case filed by a renown activist seeking to have his victory in the repeat election annulled.

According to the President-elect, the case filed by Okiya Omtatah is nothing more than a well calculated sideshow and should be thrown out.

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Activist Okiya Omtatah. PHOTO: CAPITALFM

Responding to the petition that asks the apex court to order the formation of an interim government, Uhuru noted that the withdrawal of the National Super Alliance flagbearer Raila Odinga didn’t hold any water and that’s why his name was in the ballot.

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Omtatah, a permanent figure in the courts, argues that the repeat poll ordered by the Supreme Court and which was held on October 26, was null and void following the withdrawal of Raila.

According to court papers, Uhuru argues that his election cannot be invalidated through the activist’s petition as it was filed before the election took place.

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He goes on to add that the election can only be invalidated after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has made the all-important declaration of results.

President-elect Kenyatta says the activist did not also provide evidence to show that indeed Raila withdrew from the race legally.

Omtata prayers include the Chief Justice David Maraga-led court nullify Uhuru’s win and order a fresh exercise in 60 days.

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