DP Ruto’s ally Feisal Abdallah Badar has floored Raila Odinga’s ODM aspirant Omar Idd Boga in yesterday’s Msambweni by-election.
Feisal Abdallah Bada was elected the next Member of Parliament for Msambweni constituency in Kwale County in the by-election that recorded one of the lowest voter turnouts at 39.5 percent
Feisal Badar who in the polls was massively-backed by Deputy President William Ruto, garnered 15,251 votes compared to Boga who was ODM’s favourite got 10,444 votes.
Wiper party’s Shee Mahmoud Abdulrahman secured 790, Marere wa Mwachai from NVP got 300, Hamisi Mwakonje Liganje (UGM) got 230 while Charles Bambo Bilali (Independent) and Ali Hassan Mwakulonda (PED) got 135 and 107 votes respectively.
IEBC’s commissionar declared Feisal Badar as the next MP of Msambweni in the heavily-contested by-election.
The DP had mobilized his supporters to rally behind Feisal after his parent party Jubilee said they were not going to field a candidate in the by-election as a way of demonstrating goodwill to ODM.
Has DP Ruto poked holes in the current good working relationship between ODM’s Odinga President Uhuru Kenyatta?
Raila Odinga-led party political machinery in the Coast region led by Governors Ali Hassan Joho of Mombasa and his Kilifi Counterpart Amason Kingi had hit the campaign trail to drum up support for their flag bearer Omari Boga.
At some point, the campaigns became too heated that the two rival camps accused each other of plans to rig the poll.
Msambweni residents finally have a representative at the August House, nearly nine months after the seat was left vacant following the death of former lawmaker Suleiman Dori back in March.