Sonko, Waweru unite to oust Kidero in 2017
17 March 2016, 09:55
Nairobi - Jubilee leadership in Nairobi has stepped up negotiations to reach consensus on their candidate for the County Governor's position in next year's election.
This follows a strategy meeting between elected Members of Parliament and Members of County Assembly aligned to Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) from the County, which also brought together two antagonists; Senator Mike Sonko and Dagoreti South MP Dennis Waweru.
Both have shown interest in the Nairobi Governor's post.
Starehe MP, Maina Kamanda chaired the meeting held at a hotel in Kiambu Road, which was also attended by his colleagues John Njoroge (Kasarani), Yusuf Hassan (Kamukunji), James Gakuya (Embakasi North) and John Ndirangu (Embakasi Central).
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"We agreed as Nairobi elected leaders to work together as a team. We acknowledge that if we move as a Jubilee family we shall capture all the elective seats in Nairobi starting with the Governor's position to the MCA's seats," said Kamanda after the Monday meeting.
A total of 62 MCAs also attended the meeting where the perceived differences between Sonko and Waweru were ironed out and a strategy to show the two key leaders eyeing the gubernatorial seat have no problems with each other, was mooted.
"Starting on Sunday, we shall be moving as a group. We shall all be worshipping in one church as we want to assure our supporters that there is no rift between JAP leaders in Nairobi and we are serious in sweeping all the seats," explained Kamanda.
Sonko and Waweru admitted that they have buried the hatchet and they will each support one another, in case any of them receives the nod from the party members to be the JAP flag-bearer in the 2017 elections.
"We shall work as a team, we have forgiven one another and we shall ensure one candidate from this group is supported to vie for each of the elective seats in the coming general elections," said Sonko.
"We have decided to work as a team for the common good of the party. We want to assure the President that Nairobi Jubilee leaders will work together going forward to ensure we deliver Nairobi seats in 2017," said Waweru.
"As you know I have declared interest for Nairobi Governor as well as Senator Sonko. We have decided come that time we will agree upon who is best suited for the seat to battle it out with others," he added.
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