It has recently come to light that Wafula Chebukati, chair of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, had a meeting with Raila Odinga's campaign representatives hours before he declared the winner of the election. Despite the fact that Raila had lost to President William Ruto, Chebukati has acknowledged that he was under pressure to declare Raila the victor.
He asserts in an affidavit acquired by The Standard that former Kitui governor Charity Ngilu and Cabinet Secretary without Portfolio Raphael Tuju tried to persuade him to vote for Raila.
He claims that the two finally managed to contact him at 3 a.m. on August 15 after unsuccessfully attempting to do so for days prior, and they made an offer to pay him to agree. He continues by claiming that if he announced a repeat airing, he would receive the same response. Instead, he suggested that the commission need a second round of voting if it proved impossible to formally name "Baba" as president-elect. He allegedly promised a sizable prize if his desire came true, according to the affidavit.
He asserts that the two attempted to meet with him alone two days prior, which prompted this most recent attempt. He asserts that if he hadn't wanted all five commissioners present, he wouldn't have met with them. He believes that on the second occasion, they brought the former attorney general Amos Wako along to persuade him that electing Ruto president would result in chaos, for which he would be held accountable.
Later, "soon after Tuju joined in calling for the results to be moderated in favor of Baba (Raila Odinga)," he claims, Wako "urged the commission not to function in a vacuum." Chebukati supported Ruto's appeal at the Supreme Court after proclaiming him the winner, and is now getting ready to retire while being lauded as a hero by Ruto.
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