Kajiado West seasoned politician, Alex Magelo, has chickened out of the Jubilee Party primaries slated for April 13.
Magelo, who is Nairobi County Assembly Speaker, had earlier indicated he would be contesting Kajiado West parliamentary seat on a JP ticket.
His exit from the nomination race has raised issues with his supporters after word went round that the speaker could be headed to National Vision Party of octogenarian politician, Nicholas Biwott.
Our effort to reach Magelo on the phone to confirm or deny the allegation of him ditching JP was not fruitful as his cell phone remained switched off.
Magelo now leaves George Sunkuyia, Sankok Teeka, Philip Wuantai and Moses Sakuda scrambling for the party’s ticket after Elijah Metian fell out of the race earlier.
It was not immediately known why Metian dropped his bid in the last minute after the party extended its presentation of applications to today (Friday).
Veteran politician and Kajiado County Assembly Speaker, Sunkuyia, was today upbeat that “weak souls” were chickening out ahead of the April 13 party nominations and took the opportunity to warn those in the race that it will not be business as usual.
“I have done my campaign and my team is set for this nomination. The people of Kajiado West have already made a decision to pick their leader,” said Sunkuyia.
Teeka, on the side, called our newsroom to say he had been cleared to vie for the party’s flag-bearer in the race for Kajiado West constituency seat.
Teeka said the road to the nomination date is “rough and full of potholes” and only the strong-hearted can make to the finish line.
I am set for this nomination and my people are on the ground awaiting the D-day with bated breath,” said Teeka on the phone.
Wuantai, who had been cleared a week earlier, said he bid is unstoppable and denied claims that he might sell his supporters to a particular candidate before the nominations.
Sakuda, who is defending the seat, is upbeat that his development record stands out to the people of Kajiado and he appealed to them to remain firm with him until the nomination day.
All the four candidates will end up in a bruising battle but the winner who will steal the show in this race for nomination must have a wild card from Kiserian town, which is Kajiado West most populous urban area.
Anyone of them scooping more than 70 per cent of the votes in Kiserian is likely to beat the rest hands down in this race.
It is estimated that there are 15, 000 registered voters at Don Bosco Polling Station, 3, 500 voters at Oloosurutia Polling Station, 3, 000 voters at Naromoru and 3, 000 registered voters in Kiserian Primary School.
In Ewuaso, an estimated 13, 500 people are registered voters. In Magadi, there are estimated 7, 000 voters registered, while 3, 500 voters are registered in Mosiro.
We could not establish the number of registered voters in Iloodokilani, although some sources placed the numbers as between 19, 000 and 22, 000 voters.