By Landing Ceesay
The Leader of South Africa’s Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema has urged Raila Odinga to accept the Kenyan Elections results.
On Monday, William Ruto, Kenyan Deputy President was officially declared President-elect defeating his main opponent, Raila Odinga in the tightly contested elections.
The Chairman of the Kenyan Electoral Commission, Wafula Chebukati announced the official final results of the presidential race indicating that Ruto surpassed the 50% + 1 threshold needed to be elected the new Commander-in-Chief, garnering 7,176,121 (50.49%) Votes; Odinga came in close second, receiving 6, 942,930 (48.85%) of the votes.
Raila Odinga however rejected the results of the election and said they are “null and void”.
Speaking at a press conference, Julius Malema, the EFF leader said it is time for Raila Odinga to step aside and accept the results.
“Raila Odinga has been trying and I think it is time for him to throw a towel and try a different candidate perhaps it could be a different outcome. This is the 5th time he has been trying and it can’t be done beyond this, so he needs to accept and move on,” Malema said today.
Julius Malema said it is, what it is with highly contested elections and very close elections, and it is always likely to have people who will not be satisfied with the final results.
Malema said the EFF has congratulated William Ruto, the President-Elect of Kenya and that they think Kenyans must accept the election results.
“But Kenyans must prioritise Kenya, they must protect Kenya, they must protect democracy and they must love their country more than loving individuals. Because we cannot destroy a country based on these other individuals who have not won the elections,” Malema told South African journalists.
When sworn-in, Mr. Ruto would become the fifth president of the Republic of Kenya.