Deputy President William Ruto has claimed opposition leader Raila Odinga’s withdrawal from the October 26 repeat elections is as a result of sensing defeat.

He said recent defections by National Super Alliance (Nasa) leaders to Jubilee Party across the country was a clear indication that the opposition would not win the fresh election.

Following the High Court decision on Wednesday to include Thirdway Alliance party presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot in the fresh elections, Ruto said Raila cannot escape another defeat.

The Court ruled that candidates who participated in the nullified election can contest in the fresh elections.

“He wanted to avoid a humiliating defeat but the court today (Wednesday) has ruled that all candidates, who participated in August 8 (elections) will be on the ballot. So he will not escape another defeat.”

Speaking in Kajiado yesterday, DP Ruto wondered why Raila was not willing to participate in the elections, having claimed that he won the nullified presidential election.

“Mr Odinga, you had claimed you had won. Don’t run away. You have been given another chance,” said Ruto.

“They (NASA) have done their calculations and they know they cannot defeat Jubilee in the elections. All these high sounding words they are using are mere excuses.”

Ruto claimed the opposition wanted to cause chaos through demonstrations so as to negotiate a coalition government.

“We will not accept shortcuts to power. Whoever wants to lead Kenyans should subject himself to the people,” he added.