Farah Maalim, member of parliament for Daadab constituency, has questioned the recent report released by the Azimio la Umoja coalition, saying that some of the claims have called the report’s credibility into question.
On Wednesday, Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni noted that the coalition is in the custody of a report released by an alleged IEBC whistleblower, claiming that Raila Odinga won the August 2022 election against president William Ruto.
Kioni said that part of the report showed that Raila garnered 8,170,355 votes ahead of Ruto who reportedly managed 5,919,973 votes.
Speaking on Citizen TV’s Daybreak Show on Thursday, MP Maalim said that the vote margin claimed by Azimio is a false probability as all odds had shown that the election was a close contest between President Ruto and Mr.Odinga.
The legislator, who is affiliated with the Azimio camp, also expressed doubts that Raila would easily defeat Ruto in the polls, calling him a stronger competitor.
“I have my doubts about it because one thing you could tell me is that things were manipulated and Raila won but again that kind of a margin, 3 million votes, that puts a serious doubt on the authenticity of such claim,” he said.
“All indications in all the polls showed that this was going to be a very close election and I’m one person who is in Azimio because I believe in parties being institutions within themselves. I have mentioned it a number of times that I had my doubts whether Raila would have a chance against William Ruto in this election.”
MP Maalim went on to say that even if the two rivals meet again in 2027, “William Ruto will win by a much larger margin.”
He did, however, ask the Azimio team to shed more light on the claims, noting that the issues they raised require appropriate clarification.
“There could have been a serious claim but I doubt that kind of magnitude. But when you read the claims and you get someone who said they were an insider you begin again to want to hear more of it,” he said.
“There are a lot of things that need to be brought out into the open to at least make Kenyans understand what exactly are the issues that were brought up.”