Mike Sonko's dream of becoming Mombasa County governor seems to be thrown into disarray after he announced to abandon Azimio campaigns to join Ruto's team and drum support for UDA's Hassan Omar contesting the governor’s seat in the August elections.
The former Nairobi governor told KTN that Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo should be fielded as the alternative candidate failure to which he threatened to support Omar.
“It’s not about Sonko. Clear Ali Mbogo and let him be on the ballot, failure to which we shall support Hassan Omar. Take this to the bank,” said Sonko.
Sonko, while making this surprise announcement he however insisted that he has not defected to the Deputy President's led camp despite saying he could consider an option if necessary.
“I am not in UDA, but maybe they will force us to that decision. Don’t punish everybody because of my mistakes.”
He claimed that the rival ODM's governor candidate Abdulswamad Nassir is a puppet to 'the deep state.'
This is after IEBC nullified his candidature following the Supreme Court ruling that upheld his impeachment as Nairobi Governor.
"In adherence to the Supreme Court judgment, you are, therefore, disqualified from holding any public office and thus disqualified from contesting and being elected as the Governor of Mombasa County or any other county,” IEBC’s letter to Sonko stated.
On Thursday, July 28, another ruling was made by a Mombasa Court dismissing his case he petitioned against the Supreme Court protesting its earlier verdict.
The High Court ruled that the Supreme Court judgment had found that Sonko is lawfully unfit to hold public office.
In the latest poll by Infotrack that targeted Mombasa County indicated that Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir is the most popular candidate with 50 percent of the voters backing him.
The survey placed Nassir ahead of Sonko, who would garner 20 percent of the votes while former Mombasa Senator, Hassan Omar, a distant third with 1 percent.