Wiper Withdraws Sonko’s Direct Ticket For Mombasa Gubernatorial Seat After Another Aspirant Expressed Interest in the Same.
The wiper party has withdrawn a direct ticket reportedly issued to former Nairobi Governor, Mike Mbuvi Sonko, for Mombasa gubernatorial seat, after another aspirant expressed interest in the same.
Agatha Solitei, Chairperson of the Wiper National Election Board (NEB), said on Citizen TV on Tuesday, April 12 that the party will hold primaries in the area or seek consensus if one of the two candidates cedes some ground.
She insisted Sonko was still a candidate, and that the party had submitted his name for clearance to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Solitei refuted rumors that the party had already given Sonko a straight ticket, claiming that the party had not yet chosen a candidate.
‘We submitted his (Sonko’s) name to IEBC on April 9 for the Mombasa gubernatorial position,” she explained.
The Wiper election’s board boss explained that it would be against the party constitution to issue a direct ticket without consensus among the candidates where more than one individual have expressed interest in a position.
Solitei said that the gubernatorial primaries in Mombasa remained indefinitely suspended to give space for consultations among the aspirants.
“We have two of them and we are in consultation with them and we are trying to reach a consensus. If we do not reach an agreement then we shall go for the contest,” she stated.
Sonko will face off with the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidates.
Mvita MP, Abdulswamad Nassir Shariff, and businessman Suleiman Shahbal are seeking the ODM ticket.