Deputy President William Ruto asked Kenyans to pray for Mariga ahead of the Kibra by-election slated for Thursday even as he expressed confidence that the Jubilee candidate will win by a landslide.

“As Jubilee, we are optimistic to win the race by a landslide. We only ask Kenyans to pray for this day, especially for our candidate, Mariga as he faces the tedious challenge,” said Ruto during a fundraiser for A.I.C Church in Kabartonjo, Baringo North Sub-county on Saturday.

According to Ruto, the Kibra by-election will mark the end of an era for ODM leader Raila Odinga and his NASA coalition.

“We shall take the seat by storm as Jubilee and we shall show the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) that their time for leadership in this country is gone” he said.

“It will be the end of an era for Raila and his NASA coalition.”

At the same time, the DP attacked Raila accusing him of stagnating growth in Kibra.

Dr Ruto said Jubilee has worked to accomplish many projects that the ODM leader could not fulfill when he served as MP in the constituency for 25 years.

“And that is why the people of Kibra are now complaining about almost everything in that bedroom,” he said.

“He(Raila) should appreciate the fact that he is aging and now this exercise in Kibra is a strategy to send him home to go and warm his bed back in Bondo. We even prepared for him a nice bed ready to escort him home to go and rest with his luggage,” said Ruto.

He noted that the November 7 Kibra mini-poll shall be a ‘do or die’ battle.