The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has acknowledged losing the Msambweni by-election, noting that it is set to regroup and work towards achieving better results in future.
In a tweet, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna congratulated winners of the by-elections adding that for areas the party did not do well, they’ll ‘regroup and forge head’.
“Congratulations to all winners in yesterday's by elections especially @TheODMparty. Candidates in Kisumu North and Dabaso Wards. We came up short in Msambweni and Wundanyi /Mbale but we regroup and forge ahead. Thanks to all our teams everywhere for the great effort,” he said.
He did not indicate whether the party has any intention to challenge the election results which was reportedly marred by bribery claims.
Meanwhile, IEBC earlier today declared Independent candidate Feisal Bader as the Msambweni MP-elect.
Bader garnered 15,251 votes against ODM candidate Omar Boga who got 10, 444 votes.
Many were expecting the ODM candidate to carry the day as Msambweni is perceived to be an opposition stronghold, but the constituents had other ideas.
Feisal’s win is a massive boost for Deputy President William Ruto who had endorsed his bid earlier on. The win indicates that Ruto’s team is successfully making inroads in the Coastal region.