ODM to review defeat in Ugenya and Embakasi South by-elections

After the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) lost in Ugenya and Embakasi by-elections, the party has issued a statement saying it will look into the double defeat to identify what they could have done differently.

Pat of the statement read, “The party will certainly review its performance in the two by-elections with a view to establishing what could have been done differently.”

It went on to add that, “…We particularly thank the voters and candidates for the decorum, civility and respect that prevailed throughout the campaigns and on the Election Day…”

Jubilee Party exited the race in the two areas as a show of respect for the handshake deal between President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

ODM’s candidate in Ugenya Christopher Karan lost to David Ochieng of Movement for Democratic change while Embakasi’s Irshad Sumra was floored by Wiper’s Julius Mawathe.

The big wins have elicited mixed reaction from different political personalities including wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka who said Jubilee should not take credit for the win in Embakasi South Constituency.

Among those who sent congratulatory messages was the Deputy President William Ruto. Through his Twitter handle he said, “ Congratulations Ochieng (Ugenya) & Mawathe (Embakasi ) for your God given victory…The hustler nation has spoken, and the people have decided…”

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