Justus Nyang’aya on Friday evening resigned as a commissioner of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) after his suspension by President William Ruto.

Nyang’aya tendered his resignation only hours after President Ruto suspended him alongside IEBC vice chairperson Juliana Cherera and Commissioners Francis Wanderi and Irene Masit and formed a tribunal to investigate their conduct in the August 9 election.

He was part of the “Cherera Four” to face the tribunal chaired by Justice Aggrey Muchelule after approval of petitions seeking their removal filed before National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC).

The four are facing accusations of gross misconduct for rejecting poll results announced by IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati on August 15 declaring Dr Ruto Kenya’s fifth president.

Nyang’aya resigned through a letter addressed to the Head of State through the Head of Public Service Felix Koskei saying he made the decision in the interest of the country.

“It is with heavy heart that I tender my resignation as a commissioner of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission effective today,” his letter dated December 2 reads.

It goes on, “In the last few weeks, I have heard serious soul searching and being a man of faith, prayed fervently so that I may have the wisdom to make a decision that is in the best interest of the country. We all agree that the best interest of the nation must always supersede our individual interests.”

He intimated that his actions in the last poll were in good faith but were misconstrued.

Nyang’aya’s resignation came hours after President Ruto formed a tribunal that was later on Friday afternoon sworn in by Chief Justice Martha Koome at the Supreme Court buildings.