The Orange Democratic Movement’s congratulatory message to Jubilee candidate’s victory in the Wajir West by-election has received its share of criticism.
Ahmed Kolosh was on Friday morning announced the winner of the Wajir West by election after garnering 11,053 votes against Kanu’s Sheikh Ibrahim who managed 6,532 votes.
Following Jubilee’s triumph, the ODM party congratulated Kolosh, saying the party was happy to have shaped his political ambitions.
“Congratulations Hon. Ahmed Kolosh on recapturing the Wajir West parliamentary seat. We are glad to have been associated with you and introduced to serious politics. Time to serve your people now, ” the ODM party posted on its official twitter handle.
In a harsh rejoinder, Kenyans on Twitter bashed ODM’s move to associate themselves with Jubilee’s victory.
Some termed the move desperate, with some alluding that the party was on its death bed.
Prior to the mini polls, the ODM party announced that it had withdrawn from the race after in-depth deliberations with the Jubilee party.
The party announced the move, which was widely termed cowardly, after a humbling defeat in the party’s stronghold Ugenya constituency and Embakasi South.
Then, ODM candidate Mohamed Yufus, would later announce his stepping aside while at Deputy President William Ruto’s Karen residence during a luncheon with leaders from his clan.
The stepping down was attributed to DP Ruto’s intervention.
Read: Wajir West ODM Candidate Bows Out Of Race After Striking Deal With DP Ruto
Sensing a humiliation, ODM reportedly rushed to issue a statement that it had withdrawn from the mini polls.
Check out how Kenyans reacted after the Friday message.
Party haiwezi jua mbele ni wapi na nyuma ni wapi
— wheldon olack (@WheldonOlack) April 26, 2019
"introduced you to serious politics"..? Quite cheap to post this even if it's true.
— Evans Kayo (@kayo_evans) April 26, 2019
Shenzi. You cowardly pulled out. You would av suffered three defeats in your strongholds in three months!
— Lobot (@Lobot42491859) April 26, 2019
Yaani hapa ndio 'handshake' imewafikisha? This is too low. Like you are struggling to be recognised, honestly from my own view, this message isn't any necessary. I will pretend I didnt see it, i didnt read it.
— Njogah Bahati (@njogah_bahati) April 26, 2019
Huyu ni MTU Wa @WilliamsRuto thanks for congrats the president 2022_ 2032 @OleItumbi @Belive_Kinuthia @Gideon_Kitheka @edwinsifuna
— tylinc ndungu (@TylincN) April 26, 2019
Jubilee even handshaked the twitter handler guy. Kwisha😂
— Abdalla Ahmed Hash (@BabaRuman) April 26, 2019
@TheODMparty has now humbled itself like a dog with its tail between the legs. pic.twitter.com/L6hQuX8j9R
— Jibril Idris (@Nasadamu1) April 26, 2019
Interesting times and desperate moments as @TheODMparty steal the show and associate themselves with DP's man Hon Kolosh. @JunetMohamed @edwinsifuna
— K.N.S Hillary Arap Ngasura. (@HillaryNgasura) April 26, 2019
We've beaten you when you were in the ballot at Ugenya and Embakasi South. We have even beaten you after withdrawing. God was not happy after your withdrawal. #WajirWestDecides
— Kinuthia Wa Ndung'u Rkn 🇰🇪 (@KinuthiaRonn) April 26, 2019
This is like your ex walking out on you, in favour of your a long time foe, They get married. You congratulate them but to console yourself you sneak in the line,- I am glad I introduced you to serious relationship – This one #wemustrevisit
— Muyala Laban (@OsiepChunya) April 26, 2019
Hehehe. Kwani odm can be humble and gracious?
— abraham (@abewata) April 26, 2019
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