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We shall concede defeat and move on if referendum fails – Raila says

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga on Friday 4 December 2020 promised to concede defeat and move on if Kenyans vote against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) proposals.

While speaking at the BBI Secretariat, the former Prime Minister said that together with President Uhuru Kenyatta, they will accept the outcome because it will be the voice of Kenyans.

He, however, noted that if Kenyans decide to support it, then those who have been opposing the proposals will also have to accept the outcome.

“If you got more votes than the yes, we shall concede defeat because that is the voice of the people. But in the event that majority Kenyans say yes, you should respect their decisions too,” he stated.

He went on to express optimism that Kenyans were ready to adopt the proposed amendments as he revealed that over five million Kenyans had appended their signatures endorsing the BBI process since they started collecting signatures.

He added that leaders opposing the proposals should not claim to be speaking on behalf of Kenyans and should let them make their own decisions.

“I appeal to the naysayers out there who claim to be speaking for the people to realize that the people have spoken and let the people continue speaking for themselves. Over 5 million Kenyans have thus far appended their signatures endorsing the BBI process. The journey continues!” the ODM party leader said.

Raila revealed that the signature collection was just the beginning as there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

He added that the team will now take the proposals to every corner of the country to pave way for the referendum.

Raila mentioned that since the signature collection exercise was out of the way, it was now time to pave way for the verification exercise by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The collection of BBI signatures was officially launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila on Wednesday, November 28 at KICC in Nairobi.

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