Kidero crawls back to ODM as Sonko battle looms
18 February 2015, 19:24
Nairobi - Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero is in ODM to stay, he has said.
The Governor has been under pressure from supporters in recent times over his purported alliances with members of the Jubilee coalition and especially president Uhuru Kenyatta.
He has also been purported by many to have been against the leadership of party chief Raila Odinga, shown by the ill fated decision to support an opponent of the party in the just ended Homa Bay Senatorial by election.
But in a show of support and loyalty, Kidero said Wednesday that he was a member of ODM to stay and that he would not waver in his belief that the party is the right place to be for him.
" I support democracy and I am here to stay and help strengthen the party," he said in a message on his Twitter handle.
He was also photographed with new Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang, the person he had seemed opposed to in the just ended by election.
" Niko loyal ( I am loyal to ODM)," he added.
According to analysts though, Kidero's move is the right one, given that he will likely be competing with current Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko for the gubernatorial position in the 2017 General Elections.
Sonko has already started endearing himself to the public with his various initiatives such as the Sonko Rescue team, which has been offering emergency and rescue services to the public for free.
It is also likely a ploy to discredit Kidero who has been rated as below average by Nairobians over his performance since taking over office in March 2013.
" Kidero really has no option. He has to conform or risk losing his seat even before the 2017 elections are here," political analyst Michael Njenga says.
" Sonko is already starting to build his candidacy for the big seat and Kidero has been woeful since he took office, so he needs to go back to ODM and build bridges."
" It would be a catastrophe for ODM to lose Nairobi but the reality is that Sonko has built a strong case for himself despite his shenanigans at times."
" Most Nairobians would probably go with Sonko right now than Kidero, which in its own way sums up how badly he has performed."
" He has to go back to ODM and strategize for the coming three years which are make or break for him," he added.
Kidero is also in the midst of a brewing storm over his handling of affairs at the Mumias Sugar Company during his stint as CEO, with many attributing its current plight to his leadership, an accusation he and his supporters have tried hard to refute.
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