The quest to be the running mate of Jubilee Party ticket winner for the Nairobi governor’s seat has caused tension in Mike Sonko’s camp just days after the Senator thrashed Peter Kenneth at the primaries.
Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru and former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru insist on being the chosen running mate.
The two were together with Sonko in Team Nairobi, a caucus of five aspirants for Jubilee tickets that successfully stopped Kenneth’s bid for the lucrative city’s chief executive position.
Karen Nyamu, Wangui Ng’ang’a and Johnson Sakaja were also part of the team. Holding the team together until the General Election is Sonko’s new headache as, apart from Sakaja, the rest lost at the primaries.
Yesterday, Mr Waweru, who narrowly lost the chance to defend his seat to former comic John Kiarie just replied with a simple “Yes” via text message when asked by the Saturday Standard whether he will be Sonko’s running mate.
Wanjiru too said she is being considered. “Yes and more,” she said.
Party insiders however say they are highly considering combining Sonko’s aggressiveness and popularity among the poor and the youth with Waweru’s cool demeanour and corporate background while still locking in votes from members of the Kikuyu community residing in Nairobi.
It is believed this will provide a real threat to Dr Kidero who was given a direct ticket by ODM and is banking his success on the elite and the Luo, Luhya and Kamba communities.
Kenneth, who lost to Sonko with 62,504 votes against the latter’s 138,185, has already hinted that he will run as an independent candidate.
Wanjiru too has threatened to run as an independent if she is not chosen as Sonko’s running mate.
If Kenneth, Sonko and Wanjiru run, it is believed that Kidero may have a smoother ride back to City Hall since they will split votes, the way Jimnah Mbaru and Ferdinand Waititu did in 2013.
Kenneth also has an option of running using his former party, Kenya National Congress (KNC) which he left in August last year but declined to dissolve.
“You cannot intimidate Peter Kenneth. You can’t determine someone’s destiny. It’s not over until it’s over,” said Kenneth at St Stephen’s ACK Church last week.