Nairobi senator Mike Sonko who is vying for the Nairobi governorship position under the Jubilee party has threatened to ditch the party if all members will be allowed to participate in the ongoing primaries with identity cards.
Speaking today, Sonko said that it is unacceptable that the party can allow people who are not residents of Nairobi to vote in today’s exercise yet they have a party register to countercheck who are the registered members.
Sonko said that the move Jubilee Party National Elections Board Chairman Andrew Musangi is mainly aimed at ensuring that he does not clinch the seat.
He said: “their party can go to hell, if they insist on using identity cards I will quit from the party and run somewhere else.”
Sonko who appeared on our sister station Kameme Tv said that he had in the last few months tolerated insults and all manner of talk from some individuals and thus he will not allow them to continue meddling in his affairs.
He said that he will before today make a statement as to whether he will vie as an independent candidate but clarified that he will still support President Uhuru Kenyatta re-election bid.
He said: “whichever party I go, I will support Uhuru. However this people in Jubilee party who think they own the party should know that we can live it to them and seek another alternative.”
His sentiments came after the party said that all their members would be allowed to participate in the ongoing primaries, provided one has a national identity card.
The move followed numerous complaints by hundreds of their supporters who were being barred from participating in the exercise since their names did not appear on the register.
Speaking Musangi said that no party is yet to get an updated register from the IEBC but insist that no member should be refused from participating in the primaries.
Meanwhile Nairobi governor aspirants Peter Kenneth and Margret Wanjiru have asked the Jubilee party to ensure that today’s exercise is free and fair.