Mike Sonko has hinted at giving up the quest to become Mombasa’s next governor.
In a message on social media, the flamboyant politician instead appeared to drum up support for Ali Mbogo.
Sonko’s quest to succeed Hassan Joho as governor of the Coastal county has been bogged by several challenges, chiefly the move by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) refusal to clear him.
This resulted in a number of legal battles in court and at the IEBC Disputes Tribunal.
Following his disqualification from contesting, the IEBC has handed his Wiper party a chance to nominate another candidate in a move that has thrust Mbogo, Sonko’s running mate, into the limelight.
Wiper had initially issued Mbogo with the certificate to contest for governor before withdrawing the same and handing it over to Sonko.
Mbogo’s possible candidature now pits him against Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Abdulswamad Nassir, and Hassan Omar of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ahead of the August 2022 polls.
Sonko has previously served as Nairobi governor but was impeached over allegations of abuse of office.
A popular businessman who owns a chain of entertainment joints, Sois also battling a number of corruption-related charges at the Ethics and Anti Corruption Court in Nairobi.
Mr Sonko has maintained that Wiper has always had another plan for the Mombasa gubernatorial seat for the August 9 polls after he was frustrated by both IEBC and the dispute resolution committee.
This is after the High Court dismissed a case by the former Nairobi Governor challenging a decision by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to disqualify him from contesting in the Mombasa Governor’s race in the August 9 General Election.
Mr Mbogo on his part said he is ready to fly the flag but that is upon the Party to decide after exhausting all avenues to ensure Mr Sonko is in the ballot.In dismissing the case, Justice John Mativo allowed a preliminary objection by IEBC against Mr Sonko’s case saying it was a nomination dispute capable of being solved by the electoral body’s dispute resolution committee.
“We are discussing about nominating another candidate so as to not lose on that window,” said Mr Mbogo adding that Wiper can also decide on supporting him instead of nominating another candidate.
“It’s not a must we nominate another candidate, I can also vie for the gubernatorial seat. But we are not merging with United Democratic Alliance (UDA) that’s their wish,” he added.