Renowned lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi has claimed that Supreme Court Judge Mohamed Ibrahim was bribed in order to change his mind in Wajir governor Mohammed Abdi’s case, so as to make him win.
According to Grand Mullah, as he is popularly known, the judges had tied yesterday which would have seen the governor ousted.
“We know from reliable source in the Supreme Court that the 6 judges tied at 3.3 until yesterday afternoon when Justice Ibrahim changed his mind to make it 4.2 What happened? Who lobbed Ibrahim? Why did he change at the 11th hour? Ibrahim must tell Kenyans what we know,” tweeted the barrister.
According to Abdullahi, Justice Ibrahim received the bribe through a member of parliament.
“On Monday I will write a confidential letter to the CJ and disclose to him which judges were bribed and how much money they got and by whom…one of the judges was bribed through a member of parliament and the money taken from the branch of a local bank in Eastleigh,” he added.
n a ruling read by the Chief Justice David Maraga and his counterpart Justice Smokin Wanjala, the duo stated that given the submissions made on the case, the court rules that he was validly elected.
The ruling saw four out of the six-judge bench finding that the two lower courts wrongly assumed jurisdiction to rule on the governor’s academic papers.
Justices Mohammed Ibrahim, Jackton Ojwang, Njoki Ndungu and Smokin Wanjala overturned the ruling of the Appeal Court that voided the Wajir Governor’s poll win.
However, Chief Justice David Maraga and Justice Isaac Lenaola dissented on the ruling affirming that they ‘agree with the issue that a degree is a pre-requisite for one to view for governor seat.”
In the August 8, 2017 general elections, Mohammed was announced the winner however, his rival Ahmed Abdullahi challenged his win at the High Court, alleging “massive” malpractices.
Additionally, the challengers also argued that Mr Abdi had not been cleared to vie for the seat..
Last year, the Kampala University disowned Abdi stating that he was not in the list of graduands in 2012 as he had earlier stated.
The University also stated that the governor had never been admitted in to the institution.The Registrar Mr. John Onyango Orinda said that the Governor was not among the 196 students who were admitted at the university in 2009.
The Registrar stated that it was impossible for the governor to go for a Masters Degree yet he had achieved a second class lower Division grade without the two year work experience as that is not a common practice in Kenya or Uganda.