On Friday Thursday, 24 the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party governing council meeting chaired by Raila Odinga resolved to prevail on weak candidates to drop out the August 9 election for strong candidate within the coalition.
The coalition is looking at strategies of garnering more seats both in the National Assembly, Senate, Council of Governors and County Assembly.
The coalitions had sanctioned opinion polls as a way of most popular candidates to be endorsed by the coalition.
On Monday, June 27, Jubilee parliamentary candidate Kelvin Kioko popularly known as Bahati became the first casualty after it emerged that he was less popular compared to the incumbent Antony Aluoch.
Speaking in Mathare Constituency during a joint meeting between ODM and Jubilee, the ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna said the survey sanctioned by the coalition indicated that the renowned singer cannot with the seat.
“Zoning was done perfectly even here in Mathare we have agreed that it’s an ODM zone. We only have one candidate in Mathare and that is Anthony Oluoch, this young man called Bahati is my younger brother and we will talk. I will make sure that we find him another position within the Azimio government,” Edwin Sifuna said.
Public Service, Youth and Gender CAS Rachel Shebesh who attended the meeting also asked Bahati to emulate Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi who stepped down for Polycarp Igathe in the Nairobi gubernatorial race.
“We have talked with Bahati several times asking him to work with us in the lager government. Bahati you are not even at the level of Tim Wanyonyi who dropped his bid to be Nairobi governor, ” said Shebesh.
But the ‘Barua’ has dismissed the sentiments by the ODM secretary general saying, Jubilee party had not communicated anything to him.
“No one has given you the powers to speaks on behave of my party, so stay away from the Mathare politics or you will lose like 2017 Sifuna,” Bahati warned.