Deputy President William Ruto yesterday said he was confident of winning the 2022 presidential election but will concede defeat if he losses.
“I will accept the outcome of the elections if I lose. If you see others, ask them if they will accept the outcome of the elections,” said Ruto while speaking during an interview on Radio Jambo.
The DP attributed election disputes to people he accused of not believing in democracy and who will never accept defeat in elections.
“We need to agree that when I am defeated I will accept the outcome. I want to tell you that not all these people can say that.
“Even now, we are wasting time with changing the Constitution. We can change it 100 times but if the one who is defeated does not concede, he will still bring issues and even swear himself in,” Ruto said in a veiled attack on Opposition leader Raila Odinga who took a mock oath of office after losing in the 2017 General-Election.
Ruto said the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) document does not contain a provision on what should happen if a candidate is defeated in the presidential vote.
“In this BBI, it is written nowhere that someone will concede. I do not have any problem with IEBC,” he said.
He was, however, reminded that he was part of the Orange Democratic Movement team that refused to concede defeat of its presidential candidate, Raila, in the 2007 election, leading to widespread violence and loss of lives.
“In 2007 elections, it was not us the leaders or the Opposition who said there was a problem. It was the chair of the commission who said there was a problem. He is the one who said he did not know what happened. It was not us,” he said.
“But finally when it was decided we accepted and moved on to the Opposition. Since then did we swear in anyone? We just accepted,” he added.
Ruto was among the ODM politicians who protested the electoral commission’s declaration that President Mwai Kibaki had been re-elected.
During yesterday’s interview, Ruto said there would be a huge political shift before next year’s elections to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) on whose ticket he is expected to run for president.
He claimed that many politicians were willing to associate with him but were afraid of the consequences. They would, however, make their stand close to the elections, he said. “All the Jubilee leaders holding positions are just waiting for the right time. In November, you will see