14th Oct 2017
Thirdway Alliance Kenya party leader Ekuru Aukot has now agreed that all candidates to be included in the ballot despite his first argument that he and President Uhuru Kenyatta only.
Dr Aukot said that the election must proceed as scheduled with or without NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga who withdrew his candidature on Wednesday.
Odinga withdrew from the contest on what he termed as refusal by IEBC to reform its secretariat as well as the logistical systems to ensure free, fair credible and verifiable election.
Speaking to journalists in the capital Nairobi on Saturday, Dr Aukot said that election cannot be decided by a single candidate. He said if one decides to drop his Candidature he cannot make Kenya to come to a standstill.
He took a swipe on politicians who have a sense of self a entitlement that the country cannot proceed with its agenda when they are not their.
He asked the poll agency not to force Raila Odinga to participate in the election noting that the High Court has said to include his name in the ballot.
The former secretary of the Committee of Experts that drafted the 2010 constitution however castigated IEBC for forcing Mr Odinga into the poll.
Dr Aukot dropped his demands for reforms in the IEBC including resignation of the commission's CEO Ezra Chiloba before the presidential rerun.
He described himself as be the only alternative Change Kenya needs now as the country is in a dry spell of leaders.
He asked the electorates to vote for a leader whose government is inclusive and which would develop the stalled health sector, uphold the rule of law, steer the recovery of the detororiating economy.
Dr Aukot pointed out that after their meeting with IEBC yesterday, they were convinced that the poll agency had addressed some of the issues pointed out by the Supreme Court as illegalities and irregularities which led to the nullification of the August 8 poll.