Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has alleged a plot by the Jubilee party to rig him out by preventing his supporters from voting in the ongoing primaries.
Mr Sonko indicated that certain names were “strategically omitted” from the party list in places where his supporters were to vote. He spoke after casting his vote at Bidii Primary School on Wednesday (26/04/17).
“I had received assurances that in case the name misses on the party register, one should be allowed to vote using the IEBC register.
“You cannot blame the voters for missing on the party register. They have no right to deny my supporters the right to vote in the nominations,” Sonko insisted.
The Senator had on Tuesday mentioned that some Jubilee leaders wanted him to step down from the Nairobi governor’s race in favour of Mr Peter Kenneth.
Sonko said he had been a loyal supporter of President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee Party, but since he declared his interest in the governor’s seat, some party members started sidelining him in favour of his opponent.
“I have been a staunch party member and a defender of President Uhuru Kenyatta especially when he had a case at the International Criminal Court, but the moment I declared interest in the governor’s post, some people felt I should not be supported,” Sonko stressed.
The race for the governor’s seat has attracted Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, former Starehe MP, Margaret Wanjiru, and former Gatanga MP, Peter Kenneth.
The winner will face off Nairobi governor Evans Kidero of ODM who got a direct nomination.
The hotspots include Starehe, Dagorreti South, Kamukunji, Kasarani, Roysambu and Embakasi East, Embakasi West and Embakasi Central. Ballot papers were escorted under tight security to the centres ahead of the exercise.