The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner, Abdi Guliye, has detailed how Azimio la Umoja leaders and the National Security Advisory Council (NSAC) attempted to influence the outcome of the August 9 polls in hours leading to announcement of William Ruto as president-elect.
In an affidavit filed at the Supreme Court on Saturday, August 27, Guliye expressed that Azimio Executive Director, Raphael Tuju, and former Busia Senator, Amos Wako, offered gifts to IEBC chairperson, Wanyonyi Wafula Chebukati, and the commissioners if they moderated the results in favour of Raila Odinga.
Guliye documented that the duo and a third party, Kennedy Kihara – Principal Administrative Secretary at the Office of the President, visited Chebukati at 3am on the day the results were to be announced.
He added that the team explained that there was a need to moderate the results for the sake of the country’s peace and stability.
Guliye added that Wako, a former Attorney General, confessed having moderated election results in the past to favour the ruling government. Wako, according to Guliye, expressed that moderation would favour the country as a Ruto presidency would have plunged the country into chaos.
“Wako indicated that they had come to ask the Commission not to operate ‘in a vacuum’, and that it must consider the link between the election results to be declared and the stability of the country, which he described as the bigger picture,” read the affidavit in part.
Additionally, Guliye added that all the commissioners were present at the meeting with the four dissenting commissioners agreeing with the Azimio team.
However, he stated that together with Chebukati and Boya Mulu, held different opinions.
“The chairman took the view that he would respect the will of the people and announce the results as per the final tally from all the polling stations. As regards the proposed incentive, we were all categorical that we would not entertain such a request,” Guliye stated.
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