Jubilee Party Plans Joint Kenneth-Sonko Ticket for Nairobi Gubernatorial Race

  • By Alex Isoe on Sunday, 19 March 2017 - 11:03am
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    File image of President Uhuru Kenyatta with Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko Facebook
  • New revelations have emerged indicating that President Uhuru Kenyatta had a night meeting with Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko on Thursday evening over the City gubernatorial race.

    Sonko is said to have met President Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, after he had earlier in the day claimed some people were trying to block him from vying for the governorship.

    According to the Standard on Sunday, a source within the party stated that during the meeting, the President, who is also the Jubilee Party leader, stressed the importance of forming a united force to square out with incumbent Governor Evans Kidero.

    President Kenyatta reportedly asked Sonko and his rival in the Governor race, Peter Kenneth to come up with a conclusive unity pact that the Jubilee Party would front in Nairobi.

    “The President was particularly clear on the need for our governor candidates to unite. What we want is to make sure Kenneth and Sonko are on one ticket in which one is the governor candidate and the other his running mate, but with a clear power-sharing agreement,” emphasised the source.

    Following the meeting at State House, Sonko's papers would later be accepted at the Jubilee headquarters on Friday without much drama.

    Jubilee Part Strategists are now said to be formulating a way to bringing together Kenneth and Senator Sonko for a Joint Party ticket.

    The President’s party believes this would be the perfect plan to trounce Governor Kidero in the August 8 elections.

    The plan would be revolving around a 50-50 power sharing agreement proposal between Kenneth and Sonko with a copy of the agreement being deposited at the Registrar of Political Parties.

    “We think it’s a lot more logical to unite the two candidates against Kidero than to keep fighting among ourselves. The idea is to get them agree on a power-sharing agreement on a 50-50 basis. Whoever is the governor candidate then should also agree to reimburse part of the costs incurred by the other in the campaigns before signing of the agreement,” stated a source within Jubilee

    Key stakeholders within the party are, however, enthused about Kenneth's bid and are working round the clock to enrol Sonko's support and have him as the running mate.

    Meanwhile, nominated MP Johnson Sakaja on Thursday dropped out of the Gubernatorial race, while former MP Margaret Wanjiru and Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru are still in the race with Sonko and Kenneth.

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