Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has now accused his rival Peter Kenneth of planning to rig him out in the Jubilee Party nominations scheduled for April 21.
Addressing his supporters yesterday, he appealed to them to be on the look out to ensure that his victory is not stolen.
“I am aware of schemes by my opponent to have some voters sneak in with more than 10 ballot papers to the polling booth,” he said while receiving Kenneth supporters who moved to his camp at Uhuru Gardens.
For the sake of transparency and credibility, Sonko demanded that all voters should be frisked before being allowed to enter the polling stations.
He alleged that the plan is being executed in collaboration with some of the elected leaders and aspirants in Nairobi County.
“I am informed that he met some of the Members of Parliament from Nairobi who are opposed to me in his Gatanga home where they laid out the plan to unfairly get me out of the race,” he said.
The Senator however maintained that he will stick to the contest unless he is called upon by President Uhuru to step down.
“It is only the President who can challenge me to step down for any candidate for the unity of Jubilee Party and for us to secure a good chance of unseating Governor Evans Kidero from the coveted seat.
Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja who accompanied him during the event blamed Kenneth of plotting to use the governor’s position to ascend to a bigger office in 2022 onwards.
“We will not allow people who have been out of Nairobi politics to take advantage of the residents while they are in it for future posturing,” he said.
He also termed as unfortunate that some leaders in Jubilee are using ethnic arithmetic in consideration of who is going to be the party’s governor candidate.
The legislator who is contesting to be Jubilee Party’s Senate candidate however appealed to all the aspirants who will not make it during the party primaries to support their rivals to be able to deliver a win against their opponents from other parties.
“As members of the same party, we should not let the battle for Jubilee nominations divide us but remain united to beat our rivals from other parties in the August 8 General Elections,” he said.
As a Jubilee Party, he said they will involve the youth, women and people with disabilities to ensure there is no marginalization.
Others who ditched Kenneth’s team included Langata parliamentary seat aspirant Nixon Korir and Karen Nyamu.