Kisumu Senator Tom Ojienda, who represented Orange Democratic Movement Governor Ahmed Abdullahi Jiir in a Supreme Court case that sought to challenge his seat, has celebrated the court’s decision to uphold the Governor’s election.
Ojienda who was expelled from ODM on September 6, took to X to celebrate his win while sliding in a mocking remark aimed at the Raila-led party.
“I have just won Supreme Court Pétition E017 of 2023 for Hassan Ahmed Adullahi Jiir of ODM,” the Senator wrote.
“Winning cases for my party (ODM). The Party expelled me yesterday. “
Senior Counsel Prof. Tom Ojienda and Senior Counsel George Oraro at the Supreme Court ahead of Petition hearing on August 31, 2022
Tom Ojienda, alongside 5 other lawmakers, was accused of disobeying the party’s constitution by openly supporting the ruling United Democratic Alliance (UDA) as well as acting contrary to the party’s wishes.
Responding to the party’s decision, Ojienda stated that he was unapologetic about working with the government, and will not be stopping anytime soon.
“My party has today expelled me for working with President William Ruto. I have no apology and will continue to work with the President,” Ojienda wrote on X.
The embattled Kisumu Senator was part of the legal team that represented the Wajiir Governor against his August 9 gubernatorial opponent, Hassan Mohammed Adam who had re-appealed the Court of Appeal’s ruling to uphold Jiir’s election.
In a court statement seen by Kenyans.co.ke, the Supreme Court declined to nullify the Court of Appeal’s ruling citing that it found “no justifiable reason to interfere with the ruling of the Court of Appeal.”
“Accordingly, the appellant’s appeal is hereby struck out with costs to the respondents,” the Court further directed.
Hassan Mohammed Adam had testified that the Wajir Gubernatorial election was against the constitution and the election law.
“We are challenging the entire irregularities that happened across the county,” Adam had said before Justice George Dulu of the Court of Appeal.
The front view of the Supreme Court of Kenya building in Nairobi.