Court upholds election of Wajir Senator Abdullahi Ibrahim

It was a day of celebrations for Wajir Senator Abdullahi Ibrahim and his supporters after High Court upheld his election.
While delivering the judgment, Justice Richard Mwongo said the petition by his rivals Abdirahman Abdikadir of KANU and Adow Abikar of ODM was incompetent.
“The petitioners have failed for to prove to the required threshold that Ibrahim’s victory was not a reflection of the will of the people of Wajir,” said Justice Mwongo.
Justice Mwongo said although failure to sign the said forms may be  a criminal offense it does not support a conclusion that the election was so irregularly conducted that a reasonable tribunal would not uphold the entire election.
The two losers wanted the court to nullify the senatorial election on grounds that it was not conducted in accordance with the law.
They argued that their agents were intimidated, voter manipulation and that tallying was not conducted in accordance with the constitution.
The two also claimed that their agents were locked out and some of the forms 38A’s were not signed as required.
They claimed the Wajir Senatorial election in the August 8th General Elections was no free and verifiable.
The judge has however directed the registrar to list out the 13 stations implicated and a report handed to the DPP for legal action.
Ibrahim who contested on a Jubilee ticket was declared the winner after garnering 35,393 votes against KANU’s Abikar who got 26,769.