Nyeri gubernatorial race has taken a different turn after one of the main contenders bowed out of the race in favor of the incumbent, Samuel Wamathai.
Mr. Thuo Mathenge bowed out yesterday and threw his weight behind Wamathai, barely three weeks after the High Court in Nyeri upheld the nullification of his nomination by Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on account of lacking requisite academic qualifications
The race has now been reduced to a three horse race between Wamathai who is vying as an independent candidate, Jubilee Party’s Wahome Gakuru and Patrick Maina of the Democratic Party (DP).
However, the main contest is expected to be between Wamathai and Gakuru given that the former who emerged second during the nominations will enjoy the support of Thuo’s followers.
The position had initially attracted five contestants; another aspirant, Mr. Githinji Kinyanjui, bowed out immediately after the JP nominations to become the governor’s running mate.
Speaking after signing a pact at Thuo’s office in Muruguru, the two said they decided to combine forces in a bid to deliver a victory that would rescue the area from what he alleged were forces out to hijack headship by imposing their preferred leaders.
Nyeri is bigger than Thuo Mathenge and Governor Wamathai and that is why I have sacrificed my ambition to endorse his candidature for the sake of our beloved county, said Thuo.
From now hence forth, we will do joint campaigns and I have asked my 300,000 plus supporters to vote for Wamathai, Thuo said.
On his part, Governor Wamathai welcomed the support, promising to deliver an all-inclusive government if elected.
He said he will run for only one term during which he would ensure devolution is well entrenched, adding he had the requisite experience and expertise to make it happen.
Thuo’s candidature as an independent candidate was revoked by the electoral body which had earlier on cleared him to vie.
He then lodged a petition challenging the move, which was dismissed on grounds of being premature since he had not first exhausted all the dispute resolution mechanisms laid out by the respondent (IEBC) before moving to court.
Source: Kenya News Agency