President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta waves to supporters as he leaves the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi after receiving the certificate of winning the election on March 9, 2013. Photo/BILLY MUTAI Nation Media Group
Kenyatta won the presidency after he achieved the constitutional requirement of more than 50 per cent of the vote by getting 50.07 per cent (4,100 votes above the 50 per cent mark).
Odinga announced he would challenge the result in the Supreme Court, citing irregularities in the electoral process.
Civil society groups, through the African Centre for Open Governance, (Africog) also indicated they would move to court in the course of the week to challenge the result.
Besides the legal hurdles in Kenya, Mr Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto are facing charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Tribunal at The Hague over their suspected role in the 2007/8 post-election violence.
As Uhuru Kenyatta edged closer to a win in Kenya’s cliffhanger of a presidential poll on Friday evening, one of the most shared posts on social media was “Operation Rudisha Uhuru State House” — return him to State House because he was, after all, born there.