Earlier the supreme court overturned decisions of High Court and Court of Appeal nullifying the election of Wajir Governor Mohammed Abdi Mohamud.
Four of the Supreme Court judges ruled that the High Court and Court of appeal erroneously assumed they had jurisdiction to hear the case on whether the governor had a university degree, which is a requirement for a gubernatorial candidate.
Chief Justice David Maraga and Isaac Lenaola however gave dissenting judgements holding that the governor’s degree was questionable.“We find and hold that both the High Court and Court of Appeal wrongly assumed jurisdiction on a matter that did not fall under them. We are wondering why the petitioners waited until after the election to question his academic qualifications when it should have been determined before the election,” ruled the judges.
Following the win,renowned lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi has claimed that Supreme Court Judge Mohamed Ibrahim was bribed in order to change his mind in Wajir governor Mohammed Abdi’s case, so as to make him win.
According to Grand Mullah, as he is popularly known, the judges had tied yesterday which would have seen the governor ousted.
“We know from reliable source in the Supreme Court that the 6 judges tied at 3.3 until yesterday afternoon when Justice Ibrahim changed his mind to make it 4.2 What happened? Who lobbed Ibrahim? Why did he change at the 11th hour? Ibrahim must tell Kenyans what we know,” tweeted the barrister.
According to Abdullahi, Justice Ibrahim received the bribe through a member of parliament.