NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 22 – Nairobi Senator and Jubilee nominee in the Nairobi gubernatorial contest Mike Sonko has dismissed claims by former Gatanga legislator Peter Kenneth that he was aided to rig the party nomination by Deputy President William Ruto.
Speaking in his Mathare political bedrock on Thursday, Sonko dismissed Kenneth’s remarks as irresponsible and disrespectful to Ruto.
He told off Kenneth for focusing on irrelevant issues in his campaigns while challenging him to embrace an issue-based campaign.
“I have forgiven you Mr PK with your pride and arrogance. If all of us – myself, yourself and Evans Kidero – incite our followers, that will amount to inciting violence in Nairobi. We know you as a spoiler because you fought President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013 but we still forgave you and welcomed you into our party,” Sonko told supporters.
On Wednesday, Kenneth had during a tour of a Nairobi suburb sensationally claimed that Sonko was aided by Ruto to rig the Jubilee nomination in what he described as a plot to render him politically impotent.
Kenneth alleged that Sonko’s supporters were permitted during the party primary to vote for him up to 51 times.
“Sonko was being helped by one person who wanted to chop off our limbs. We know very well that he is a project of Mr Ruto and that is the person who was helping him at the party headquarters on the nominations day,” Kenneth alleged.
The former legislator who lost in the 2013 presidential election coming after President Kenyatta, ODM’s Raila Odinga and Amani Coalition’s Musalia Mudavadi only managing 72,786 votes nationwide, was handed a devastating defeat in party primaries conducted in April, managing 62,504 votes against Sonko’s 138,185.
He then opted out of the Jubilee Party announcing his independent candidature on May 19 after calling the nomination exercise “shambolic”.
Unlike other aspirants, Kenneth never challenged the nomination results before the party’s disputes resolution tribunal ruled in favour of musician Charles Njagua also known as Jaguar who successfully challenged the decision by Jubilee’s Starehe constituency Returning Officer declaring incumbent Maina Kamanda as the winner.