Blow for Sonko as Wiper makes U-Turn, says they didn’t give him direct ticket

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According to the latest reports, the Wiper Party is reconsidering whether to give former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko a straight ticket to run for Mombasa’s governorship.

Ali Mbogo is the Kisauni MP who was supposed to get the party’s endorsement in the upcoming National Delegates Congress (NDC) in November 2021, according to the party’s official statement.

Wiper’s chosen candidate prior to Sonko’s entry into the Party was Mbogo; however, the list from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) published on Monday suggested that the two would square off during primary competitions.
Governor Hassan Joho’s successor, Sonko, was not handed the direct ticket, according to Secretary-General Shakila Abdalla, as reported by the Nation.

Sonko or Mbogo may be persuaded to drop out of the contest by Wiper, according to Abdalla. Wiper is now engaging members.
“As a political party, we have our own methods of calming down our constituents. As of right now, we’re in the middle of the drive toward negotiated democracy… Ideally, we should be able to persuade one of them to step aside in favor of the other. Nominations will be our fallback if negotiated democracy fails.” she explained.

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Former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar, of the UDA, and Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir, or Mombasa billionaire Suleiman Shabal, will be the opponents for either Sonko or Mbogo on the ODM ticket.
When Sonko joined Wiper on March 25, his team hinted that he was mulling plans to retake his seat as Nairobi County’s chief executive.

As a result, Sonko is still being tested in his attempt to return to politics.

Since he was found guilty of misusing or abusing a state or public office, he is ineligible to seek for elective office under the constitution’s disqualification provision.