Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has threatened to ditch Jubilee if Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa is granted the coalition’s ticket to vie for the city’s governorship in 2017 without a credible election.
He said what happened in Makadara might be seen once again if the ruling party refuses to compile with his demands.
As quoted by HiviSasa on Tuesday, August 2, Mike Sonko said:
“Just like it happened in Makadara, if Jubilee gives the ticket to Wamalwa without going to the primaries the same will happen here. I will just go to the people.”
In Makadara constituency by-election in 2010, Mike Sonko walked out on Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) after he was seemingly denied the party’s ticket that was given to Reuben Ndolo.
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Sonko merged with Narc Kenya and grabbed the mini-poll after courts cancelled late Dick Wathika’s 2007 victory.
Ndolo served as Makadara MP between 2002 and 2007. He contested Wathika’s victory in court and Justice Kalpana Rawal ruled that the nomination was neither free nor fair.
Mike Sonko has said he will take do the same thing if the ruling party shies away from credible and reliable nomination.
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Some Central Kenya MPs endorsed Wamalwa on Sunday to run as Nairobi governor in the coming election scheduled next year.
The leaders claimed Wamalwa had displayed that he is subordinate by disbanding New Ford Kenya and merging it into Jubilee. To them, he has proven the continuous support for the government.
The remark didn’t sit well with the Nairobi Senator who opined that the power to elect Nairobi governor was completely the right of the city voters.
The MPs who made endorsement include Kanini Kega (Kieni), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), Jude Njomo (Kiambu) and Mpuru Aburi (Tigania East).
Tens of Jubilee politicians have the ambition of replacing Governor Evans Kidero. The “enemies from within” include former Starehe MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru and nominated MP Johnson Sakaja.