UDA party presidential candidate William Ruto on Sunday emerged from hibernation and spoke for the first time since Kenyans went to the ballot on August 9.

In his address during a church service at his Karen home, Ruto lauded the 14 million Kenyans who turned up and cast their votes in the General Election.

"Nataka niwashukuru Wakenya wote, mimilioni kumi na nne waliojitokeza kupiga kura ndio tuwe na kiongozi mwingine wa miaka mitano ijayo," said Ruto.

The Deputy President said God will have the final say on who will be Kenya’s next president.

"Kura Hupigwa ili kujua ile itajitokeza, lakini uamuzi unatoka kwa mungu in as much as we went to vote, the final say is with God," he added.

He lauded Kenya Kwanza leaders who bagged various seats in the elections while calling for patience among Kenyans as the IEBC verification process continues at the Bomas of Kenya.

“We ask all of us to be patient with all the processes that are going on at the moment and to pray for the IEBC so that they can complete this exercise in the manner in which we voted," he concluded.

This comes as IEBC chairman and National Returning Officer Wafula Chebukati is expected to declare the presidential winner before the Tuesday 5pm deadline permitted by the law.