ODM Candidate Omar Boga Concedes Defeat

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party candidate in the just concluded Msambweni parliamentary by-election, Omar Boga, has conceded defeat.

Boga in a video that has since circulated on social media, congratulated Feisal for his hard-fought victory and wished him the best.

He further thanked his supporters adding that the focus now should shift to the development of the constituency.

“I take this time to congratulate Mheshimiwa Feisal for the victory. I wish him all the best. I want to thank the people who voted for both Feisal and I for the commitment they showed throughout the campaign. There were a few issues here and there but our focus is on developing Msambweni,” Boga said.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho (right) with Msambweni constituency ODM candidate Omar Boga on October 16, 2020. Photo/Courtesy

Boga also thanked ODM leader Raila Odinga and Deputy party leader Governor Ali Hassan Joho for supporting him in the race.

“As a private citizen, I would like to work with Feisal to develop Msambweni because we have a lot of challenges and two years are not enough for him to solve them all,

“We as stakeholders will help in upholding cohesion, creating employment opportunities, empowering our young women and mothers, and fulfilling our manifesto,” Boga remarked.

Feisal was declared winner after garnering 15251 votes against 10444 votes. The seat had been left vacant by the unfortunate demise of former MP Suleiman Dori.

Bader beat ODM Omar Boga who was perceived as the favorite candidate after garnering 15,251 votes against Boga’s 10,444 votes.

Wiper’s Abdurahman Sheikh come third with 790 votes followed by Hamisi Mwakaonje Liganje(UGM) with 230 and Marere Wa Mwachai Mwarapayo(NVP) with 300.

Earlier ODM’s Secretary General Edwin Sifuna was the first to concede defeat and congratulated Faisal, a close ally to Deputy President William Ruto.

“Congratulations to all winners in yesterday’s by-elections especially the ODM party 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,” Sifuna wrote on Twitter.

His sentiments were echoed by ODM’s Director of Communications Philip Etale who congratulated the winning candidate in Msambweni.

“Congratulation Feisal. Tomorrow is another day,” Etale wrote.

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