, NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 28 – Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi has dismissed the Infotrack opinion poll that gave him less than one per cent backing in his presidential bid.
He termed it a fraud or a pre-April Fool’s Day hoax, equating it to the run up to the 2013 General Election when he was also placed far behind his competitors.
“The fact that such sneaky polls are conducted to hoodwink Kenyans into despair is not new. They did it in 2007 and 2013 when their preferred candidates were whitewashed,” he said of the opinion poll released on Sunday.
The poll showed that President Uhuru Kenyatta remains the most popular leader in the country at 45 percent, followed by followed Opposition leader Raila Odinga who has 28 percent while CORD co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka is third at a distant 2.5 percent.
Infotrack Chief Executive Angela Ambitho said President Kenyatta while not as popular as he was in 2014, has regained some of the popularity he lost late last year when his government was marred with corruption.
“In October last year Uhuru’s popularity dropped from 60 percent to 34 percent. It has now increased to 45 percent. Raila’s popularity jumped from 19 percent in 2014 to 29 percent in 2015 and has remained the same in March,” Ambitho said.
Musyoka and Peter Kenneth are almost tied in popularity at 2.5 percent and 2.2 percent respectively while both William Ruto and Moses Wetangula have the same support at approximately one percent. Mudavadi and Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua have less than one percent popularity each.
But Mudavadi is not convinced that he has no substantial support in the country to get him back on the ballot for next year’s General Election.
“The ultimate aim is to create despair and apathy among supporters of given candidates. The worst aspect of engineered polls is to create a state of siege which easily translates into violent electoral contests,” said Mudavadi.
He noted the same plot was on the cards in the current Infotrack poll and the aim was to create apathy among select Kenyans and said he would release a comprehensive statement today.
“It is time Kenyans called a bluff and rein in pollsters out to undermine the electoral process,” said Mudavadi.