President-Elect William Ruto has dismissed Azimio La Umoja’s presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s Supreme Court Petition against his victory and asked the court to dismiss the case saying Odinga is a perennial loser who is obsessed with power sharing and handshakes.
In a 256 page response to Odinga’s petition, Ruto says Odinga is known to dispute all presidential election outcomes so as to force a handshake that results to a coalition government, citing a 2012 pact with the later Mwai Kibaki and 2017 when he shook hands with outgoing President who supported him in August polls.
“The first common feature that underlies Odinga’s thirty-year pattern of strikingly similar acts after every presidential election is disingenuous disputation of presidential election results as a means of forcing the winner to share power through unconventional and extra-constitutional government arrangements popularly known as handshake,” Ruto said in his affidavit.
The Azimio presidential candidate filed a petition last week terming Ruto’s declaration as President elect a travesty and saying that he won the August 9th polls.
He now wants the seven-judge bench to nullify Ruto’s win and declare him president-elect or order for a rerun even though he has vowed not to take part unless the electoral commission is reconstituted, accusing its Chairman Wafula Chebukati of colluding with Ruto.
A link to Ruto’s response is available below;