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Saba Saba Asili officials defect to TNA

30 April 2013, 13:07 Wangui Joseph

Saba Saba Asili Secretary General Dr. Thuo Mathenge together with the party’s Nyeri County officials has defected to The National Alliance (TNA) party.

The move is in anticipation that a petition he filed against Nyeri County governor Nderitu Gachagua’s election will succeed triggering a by - election.

Thuo is aiming to contest the gubernatorial seat on the new party, should a by - election take place.

During the event that took place in one of his farms in Chaka, Thuo said he was denied victory during March 4 elections and that he has high expectations that justice will prevail.

“I will never again go against Uhuru Kenyatta’s wish by running on another party other than the one he is in,” said Thuo.

He said he does not fear losing in TNA nominations adding that he will remain in the party even if he does lose.

He now enjoys the support of former Mathira MP Ephraim Maina who also lost his senatorial bid to Mutahi Kagwe of Narc.

Thuo has filed a petition challenging Nderitu’s election after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) published a different name on the ballot paper other than that of his running mate, which he believes lead to his defeat.

Gachagua, IEBC’s Nyeri County returning officer Peter Wanjohi and the polls body are the respondents in the case.

He was welcomed in the party by the county’s TNA chairman Peter Mahinda who said the party will support and campaign for his bid in case of a by - election.

Others present included the Nyeri County Assembly majority leader Antony Mwangi Kibuu and party officials from all constituencies.

Thuo’s running mate in the March 4 election Geoffrey Kibui however neither attended the event nor sent any apologies.

There are reports that if Thuo wins, Wahome Gakuru who came second in the general elections might be his running mate after he parted ways with Patrick Kairu who was his running mate.

It is said that Kairu was overheard saying that he will vie for the governor’s seat in case of a by-election.

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