- ODM candidate Omar Boga was trounced by independent aspirant Feisal Bader who was backed by Deputy President William Ruto in the Tuesday, December 15, Msambweni mini poll
- Bader garnered 15,251 votes against Boga's 10,444 sending the deputy president's allies into a celebratory mood
- After the loss, Raila Junior opined leadership is not about the title or position one holds but the ability to influence others
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Raila Odinga Junior, the son of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga, has shared his thoughts on the Msambweni by-election where the Opposition outfit's candidate Omar Boga was trounced by independent aspirant Feisal Bader who was backed by Deputy President William Ruto.
In a tweet on Wednesday, December 16, morning after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Bader the winner with 15, 251 votes against Boga's 10,444, Junior opined leadership is about ability to influence and not about the position one holds.Msambweni by-election: ODM's embarrassing loss sparks hilarious reactions
"Leadership isn't about title or position, but your ability to influence others," he said.
Some tweeps opined he was sending a message to the Orange party to reorganise itself following the defeat in what was considered its stronghold.
David Kojo said:
"I hope the guys at Orange house with their titles have heard. They told you off when you asked them to work for Kenyans. Now they have to hold a crisis meeting."
A Kenyan named Oigara wrote:
" like your reasoning capacity. It seems you always speak your mind. The conversation has changed. It's all about empowerment."
Kibet Chirchir commented:
"Well put, well articulated. @RailaOdinga take advice from your own son. Your time is up in politics."
The ODM party lost the Msambweni seat previously held by Suleiman Dori who lost his battle to cancer in March.Msambweni by-election: ODM concedes defeat, congratulates Ruto's man Feisal Bader
While many analysts expected the Raila-led outfit to recapture it, Bader's win sent shock waves among handshake supporters.
While reacting to the results, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna said they would live to fight another day.
"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," said Sifuna in a tweet.