Aspirants seeking to vie for the Homa Bay senatorial seat on a The National Alliance (TNA) ticket have warned the party against directly issuing a nomination certificate to one of them.
They also criticised the party's secretary general Onyango Oloo (pictured), over remarks that the party might not field a candidate in the February 2 by-election to replace the late Otieno Kajwang'.
Earlier, Oloo was quoted saying: "We have a situation where people who cannot even win a civic seat come out to contest a senatorial seat, which they lose. We must ensure they have political ability to avoid giving the ticket to jokers who will taint image of the party,"
But yesterday, Homa Bay County TNA officials dismissed Oloo, saying he is wrong to brand aspirants as political minnows.
"TNA must have a candidate, otherwise the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission should stop wasting money on the by-election and just give the seat to Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidate," Charles Amenya who vied for Karachuonyo seat in 2013 said.
"Democracy is about competition but not fearing to field a candidate for fear of losing," Amenya said. Jack Otana, an aspirant called on TNA to conduct free and fair nomination.