Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)’s Msambweni parliamentary by-election loser Omar Boga has conceded defeat and congratulated MP-elect Feisal Abdallah Bader.
In his message, Boga promised to work together with Bader to develop Msambweni constituency.
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Feisal for the victory. I wish him all the best. For now, he is our MP-elect. I am ready to work with him for the benefit of Msambweni residents,” he said.
Boga also expressed his appreciation to ODM leader Raila Odinga and deputy party leader Ali Hassan Joho, President Uhuru Kenyatta, and supporters who stood with him during the campaigns.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Wednesday morning, 16th December, declared Independent candidate, Bader, winner after garnering 15,251 votes in a hotly contested by-election. Boga came second with 10, 444 votes while Wiper Party candidate Sheik Mahmoud Abdurahman came a distant third with 790 votes.
Other candidates were former MP Marere Wa Mwachai Mwarapayo (NVP) – 300 votes, Hamisi Mwakaonje Liganje (UGM) – 230, Charles Bambo Bilali (Independent)- 135, Ali Hassan Mwakulonda (PED) – 107, Mansury Kumaka Abdulrahman (Independent) – 38, and Sharlet Akinyi Onyango (Independent) – 18.
Earlier, Feisal Bader, who was a nephew to former Msambweni MP Dori, thanked voters for electing him, adding that he would work with his opponents to build Msambweni.
“I want to thank the people of Msambweni for believing in me. I want to thank all the people who walked with me through to victory. We will work with our opponents for the sake of our constituency,” he told The Standard.
The by-election, which arose following the death of Suleiman Dori, was seen as a battle between DP William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga. Ruto fronted Feisal Bader after the ruling Jubilee Party declined to field a candidate.