Davido Hails Kenya President-Elect, William Ruto
In a post shared on his Twitter page, the singer congratulated the people of Kenya and Ruto for being declared 5th president of the country.
He wrote, “Congratulations to Dr William Samoei Ruto on being declared 5th President of the Republic of #Kenya @WilliamsRuto. Also, Congratulations to the people of Kenya! DEMOCRACY WINS AGAIN.”
— Davido (@davido) September 5, 2022
KanyiDaily recalls that Ruto was declared the winner of the Kenya presidential election on August 9, 2020, after raking in 50.49 percent of the votes to defeat ex-Prime Minister Raila Odinga, his closest rival, who polled 48.85 percent.
But Odinga alleged irregularities in the election and said Ruto’s narrow win was the product of massive fraud, claiming that the deputy president hacked into the electoral system and replaced genuine pictures of polling station result forms with fake ones.
Also, four out of seven election commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Kenya disowned the result, saying the election should be nullified.
The IEBC members said the tallying of results announced by the commission’s chairman, Wafula Chebukati, had been opaque as the chairman unilaterally carried out the vote tally and declaration of the result.
In his ruling on Monday, September 5, the chief justice of Kenya’s supreme court, Martha Koome said the court is “not persuaded by the allegation that technology deployed by the IEBC failed the standard test of integrity, verifiability, security and transparency”.
On the issue that there was interference with the results uploaded to the electoral commission’s portal, the court said, “no credible evidence was presented to prove that anyone accessed the results transmission system to intercept, detain or tamper with the results before they were uploaded to the portal”.
Koome said, “This is a unanimous decision. The petitions are hereby dismissed, as a consequence we declare the first respondent (Ruto) as president-elect.”
The court dismissed all nine issues of contention in the suit and declared that the alleged irregularities in the election “…were not of such magnitude as to affect the final results of the presidential election.”
By the apex court’s judgement, the 55-year-old incumbent deputy president, Ruto, will now assume office as Kenya’s president on September 13, 2022.
KanyiDaily recalls that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi had congratulated William Ruto on his victory in the Kenyan presidential election.