Amani’s Musalia Mudavadi concedes defeat
Nairobi, Kenya: Presidential candidate Musalia Mudavadi conceded defeat Friday as tallying after the Monday March 4 General Election showed two rivals had secured most of the vote.
The Amani coalition flag bearer was third in the presidential results ranking, with a huge margin between him and the leading candidates Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. He becomes the second of eight contestants to make a concession.
“In every competition there must be a winner,” said Mudavadi. “We (Amani coalition) are not that winner,” said Mudavadi
When he made the announcement Friday morning, Mudavadi and his running mate Jeremiah Kioni had garnered a total of 356,294 votes while his key rivals had 4,787,334 (Uhuru) and 4,167,054 (Raila).
Mudavadi, 52, congratulated Uhuru and Raila for their performance, and urged Kenyans to remain calm even as IEBC finalised tallying of the results. He also congratulated all the candidates who had successfully made it through the election process.
There were six elective posts being contested in Monday’s General Election: President, Senator, Governor, Member of National Assembly, Women representative and County ward representative.
The eight in the race for State House were, in alphabetical order: Mohammed Dida (ARK), Martha Karua (Narc-Kenya), Peter Kenneth (Eagle/KNC), Uhuru Kenyatta (Jubilee/TNA), James ole Kiyiapi (RBK), Musalia Mudavadi (Amani/UDF), Paul Muite (Safina) and Raila Odinga (Cord/ODM). Peter Kenneth conceded defeat when provisional results showed him trailing.