William Ruto with Msambweni parliamentary seat Feisal Abdallah Bader.

DP Ruto’s Friend Feisal Bader Beats ODM’s Candidate to Win Msambweni By-election

Feisal Abdallah Bader, an independent candidate allied to Deputy President William Ruto, has won the Msambweni parliamentary seat.

Feisal won with 15,251 votes against his closest rival, Omar Boga from Orange Democratic Movement, who garnered 10,444 votes.

The independent candidate was declared winner by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission returning officer, Yusuf Abubakar, and issued with a certificate on Wednesday morning.

The Msambweni mini-poll had attracted eight candidates.

This is a major blow to the ODM Party and Raila Odinga who were banking on the by election to sell the handshake and the BBI.

The seat fell vacant in March this year after the death of Suleiman Dori who was also uncle to Feisal Abdallah Bader.

The fierce political rivalry between DP William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga played out in the Msambweni by-election, setting the stage for a high-stakes presidential contest in 2022.

Ruto and Raila deployed political heavyweights to watch over the voting process as they heightened the battle for the Coast voting block.

From the beginning, the tension was palpable.

Despite a low voter turnout, the exercise was marked by arrests of politicians and agents, voter bribery allegations, missing names in the voter register and pockets of violence as rival groups clashed.

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