ODM leader Raila Odinga has dismissed claims that he has a tendency of not accepting election defeats.
Speaking during an interview with Daily Nation, Odinga noted that he has always conceded defeat whenever he lost, giving the 1997 presidential election where he was defeated by the late former President Daniel Arap Moi as an example.
“Whenever I am defeated, I always accept. I was defeated in 1997 by Nyayo (the late President Daniel Arap Moi) and I accepted,” Odinga stated.
Odinga defended his decision not to accept defeat in the 2007, 2013, and 2017 presidential elections, insisting that he was the winner of all three contests but he was rigged out.
He added: “Why do you want me to concede yet I didn't lose in 2007, 2013, and 2017 presidential elections?” he posed.
“You may want to recall that the Supreme Court voided the presidential election results in 2017 because the electoral commission never followed the law. In 2013, the court ruled against us on the basis that our evidence proving electoral malpractices was time-barred yet it is the IEBC that dilly-dallied with supplying us with the same, so how do you conclude that I was defeated? You well know what happened in 2007 and how we ended up with a coalition government.”