Deputy President William Ruto has congratulated ODM candidate Bernard Okoth after he emerged the winner in the hotly contested Kibra parliamentary by-election.
Taking to his Facebook account on Friday, the second in command lauded Okoth for what he described as a well-deserved victory.
According to Ruto, their Jubilee party has, however, done well compared to previous elections.
''Pongezi Benard Okoth for Kibra. Congrats Mariga, Team Jubilee & supporters for daring the so called 'bedroom', braving the chaos/violence, to double our vote from 12%(2017) to 26% now. Our competitors came down 78% (2017) to 52%. They retained the seat we have served notice,'' read DP Ruto's post.
Okoth was on Friday officially declared the winner for the race while Jubilee's McDonald Mariga had on Thursday night called the ODM candidate and conceded defeat.
"I'm humbled to have received a congratulatory call from @MarigaOfficial .That’s the spirit of politics. I promise to move forward with every interested party for the good of our people. God bless Kibra," Okoth's tweet confirming Mariga's call read
A section of leaders including Nandi Hills legislator Alfred Keter has termed Okoth's win a major milestone in fighting the cartels.
''Thank you so much Kibra people for telling off the cartels. I believed in you and of course, it has come to pass," said Mr Keter, a rebel Jubilee party MP.