Kidero jittery as Sonko eyes Nairobi Governor in 2017
21 January 2016, 17:02
Nairobi - Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero is under pressure in the wake of Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko's admission that he will contest for the Governors seat come the 2017 General Elections.
It is understood that Kidero is already planning ahead to the Polls and is drawing up a plan to see him home past what is bound to be a very hard to beat Sonko.
Sonko has declared that he will run for Governor come 2017.
" I will run for Governor. It is what the people of Nairobi want," he said in December.
That revelation has brought Kidero back down to earth.
Sonko is very popular in the city thanks to his hands on style of leadership as well as his knack of being at the right place at the right time as regards helping the people.
Sonko is the proverbial man of the people.
Kidero though, is said to be very worried about the Senator and has gone back to his CORD party fold to seek help over how to deal with Sonko.
He has lately been seen in attendance at various CORD and ODM functions and he has been beside Coalition leader Raila Odinga in recent times.
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" Kidero has a hard task to defeat Sonko in 2017 and so he has come back to the party and is very active," a source at Orange House told News24.
The plan to defeat Sonko will entail giving city residents the run-down on what the Senator cannot offer, with his lack of leadership experience at high level organizations one of the pointers.
Kidero though, has not covered himself in glory either.
His have been an up and down 5 years filled with controversy and complaints from city residents about the lack of growth and stagnation in key areas such as garbage collection and service delivery.
In a recent poll, most Nairobians are keen on seeking change come 2017 but the mathematics is not quite straight forward.
It will likely be that the battle between the two leaders will go down into a Jubilee v Cord battle and that the two principals Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta will come to the fore. Most will vote for the parties the two leaders back which will mean Kidero still has a chance.
" Kidero will not be a hard sell to the CORD supporters. Those that voted for him in 2013 will do so again if Raila backs him as will be the case with Sonko," political analyst Michael Njenga told News24.
Whatever the outcome, the next 15 months will be exciting in Nairobi political circles.
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