Wiper says former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is free to run for the Mombasa Governor’s seat.
Wiper Democratic Movement Party will consider former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s candidature for Mombasa Governor seat in this year’s August 9 General Election.
The County Party Chairperson Sheikh Omar Twaha said the party has not closed its doors on Sonko from seeking its ticket to run for the gubernatorial seat.
He was speaking on Wednesday at Serani Primary School in Old Town Ward during a press briefing on the party MCA nomination in 29 out of 30 wards areas in Mombasa County.
Twaha said that Sonko will now battle it out for the ticket with Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo who was initially the only candidate who had already been given the party ticket.
Wiper party’s Secretary General Shakila Abdallah was recently quoted in the media saying that the party had issued a direct ticket to Mbogo during the party’s NDC at the Bomas of Kenya.
“What is being referred to as a direct ticket is an interim nomination certificate that can be invalidated, in case more candidates emerge to seek party ticket to run for a particular elective position. I can confirm the party has not issued tickets to any candidate in Mombasa,” he insisted.
Omar, a member of Wiper National Executive Committee (NEC) said Sonko has submitted his credentials to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for verification.
“The only thing he has not done is make public pronouncements over his intention to run for the seat. As the party branch Chairperson, we have received and confirmed Sonko’s name among candidates seeking to run for Mombasa governor seat on our party ticket,” he added.
He said the party County branch officials are ready to receive his candidature and others eyeing the top devolved unit leadership positions.
Omar said the party will explore possibilities of using consensus on who between Sonko and Mbogo will fly its ticket in the August 9, elections.
“We can use the census to determine who between Mbogo and Sonko should be our flag bearer for the Mombasa top seat position. They are also free to discuss among themselves who will be the candidate and the running mate,” he added.