ODM dismisses Uhuru’s high rank in “irrelevant” Infotrak poll

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InfotrakODM has dismissed the results of an opinion survey ranking Uhuru Kenyatta as the preferred presidential candidate, terming the results released by Infotrak as irrelevant and diversionary.

In a statement sent to newsrooms hours after the release of the survey, ODM’s Secretary for Political Affairs Opiyo Wandayi said the focus of opinion polls currently should be on the performance of the Jubilee government.

“At the moment, the only opinion poll that can add value is the rating of the Jubilee Government on its performance,” Said Wandayi.

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Infotrak’s survey showing presidential aspirants’ popularity. Photo/INFOTRAK

Wandayi said the opposition has not yet embarked on Presidential campaigns thus making the polls misplaced.

“As we speak, who is Uhuru running against to warrant a rating? Who else is campaigning apart from Uhuru?” the Ugunja MP posed.

“The only time an opinion poll can make sense is once all political parties have nominated their presidential candidates. And the popularity of political parties can only be determined by the size of membership one commands. Has Jubilee ever registered any members?”

The poll which indicates Uhuru’s growing popularity in the opposition strongholds, has ruffled ODM which has questions the motive and timing of the opinion survey.

Infotrak’s

survey showing regional analysis of political party popularity ratings. Photo/INFOTRAK

Wandayi said Uhuru’s administration has been marred by glaring corruption scandals adding that Kenyans “are anxiously waiting to throw it out at the earliest opportunity”.

ODM also accused Jubilee of tribalism in governance and its unwillingness to resolve the high rate of unemployment.

“We’re not going to be distracted by the latest opinion polls and many others that will follow. We’re busy engaging with Kenyans, majority of whom are clearly tired of Jubilee’s corruption, incompetence and tribalism,” Wandayi’s statement read in part.

Infotrak’s survey showing regional analysis of Presidential candidates. Photo/INFOTRAK

According to the poll Raila is losing grip of the coastal region and his ratings have dropped below 50%.

In the same poll, Raila enjoys only 32% popularity in Western Kenya, also perceived to be his stronghold.

Infotrak’s survey showing political leaders’ popularity trends between March 2014 and March 2016. Photo/INFOTRAK

-the-star.co.ke

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