Agano’s David Mwaure concedes defeat in presidential race, endorses Ruto
Agano party presidential candidate David Mwaure Waihiga has conceded defeat ahead of the official announcement of Tuesday's presidential election results.
Waihiga, who has been trailing fourth in the presidential contest, also endorsed Kenya Kwanza's opponent William Ruto at a press conference in Nairobi on Sunday, August 14, 2022, after what he termed as wide consultations.
"We wish to concede defeat in the presidential elections in the republic of Kenya of the year 2022 with verification on going in Bomas. This we are doing after seeing what our performance has been, after deep discussions with our teams in Bomas and after consulting widely," Mwaure said.
The cleric-turned politician said the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party candidate has a better chance of clinching the seat.
"We have also with our teams been following the ongoing exercise at Bomas and indicate that the figures there are and have consistency and undoubtedly been in favour of William Samoei Ruto, the current deputy president of the republic of Kenya," he stated.
"As we concede we also endorse the winning friend and the person of his Excellency William Ruto and urge IEBC to be fervent in declaring his win when it's time to do so."
While defending his move to throw his weight behind Ruto, Waihiga indicated that the Kenya Kwanza manifesto and promises align with that of the Agano party.
"We agree with him on the need to ensure Kenya remains a God-fearing nation. We also agree with him on his pursuit to ensure freedom of worship for all faith is maintained and his promise to ensure the church and other faith are protected," he added.
"We also agree with him on his stand on the Christian churches and other faiths' values and values that are accepted by our African cultures."
Mwaure condemns chaos witnessed at Bomas
Condemning the chaos witnessed at Bomas yesterday, Mwaure alleged a well-choreographed plan to interfere with the verification process of results at the national tallying centre.
He urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to take charge of the process and ensure it runs smoothly.
"We call for a stop by all those who are trying to do that," he added.
Ruto and Azimio One Kenya coalition candidate Raila Odinga are neck-to-neck in the cutthroat contest. The other candidate in the race is George Wajackoyah of the Roots party.