Speaking at his Karen residence on Saturday after a host of religious leaders paid him a visit, Odinga maintained that the Azimio faction strongly believes that the outcome of the said contest was interfered with, but that the outfit would exercise democracy by seeking legal redress.
“We have decided to move to court because we want to see justice served and peace prevail in our nation. We want to know the truth because some of the things that were done by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) prior to the announcement of the presidential polls are very questionable,” said Odinga.
According to Raila, it is peculiar to have high ranking IEBC officials differ on the outcome of the presidential results, a statement that referenced the ongoing rift between the electoral body’s chair Wafula Chebukati and Vice Chair Juliana Cherera alongside commissioners Irene Masit, Justus Nyang’anya and Francis Wanderi.
“Based on this, it remains unclear who actually won the presidential polls but we don’t want to see chaos on our streets and that’s why we have opted to move to court,” he said.
“I will follow the law and present evidence of the said malpractice before the Supreme Court bench who will then determine the petition.”
His sentiments were shared by Archbishop Martin Kivuva and Bishop Jackson Ole Sapit who likewise urged Kenyans to maintain the peace and await the Supreme Court’s decision.
“Looking at what has happened in our country, we have been assured the country is at peace because of their performance in terms of advising the electorate that we need a peaceful country and we can affirm that the Odinga’s family stands for peace,” said Ole Sapit.
“They have decided to pursue truth and justice through the court which is what we have been advocating and crying for. Let us all be patient as they pursue that path.”