Expect tough battle in Embakasi South, ODM tells Wiper

Expect tough battle in Embakasi South, ODM tells Wiper
Former Embakasi South MP Irshad Sumra celebrates outside supreme court after the court nullified the election of Embakasi south Mp Julius Mawathe Photo/file

ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna has told Wiper Party to prepare for a tough battle in the upcoming by-election in Embakasi South.

The seat fell vacant after Julius Mawathe’s 2017 election was nullified by the Supreme Court last December.

Mawathe vied on the Wiper party ticket but his win was challenged by ODM’s Irshad Sumra.

Speaking in Nyahururu town on Wednesday when he met ODM delegates from Nyandarua County, Sifuna maintained that Sumra will face off with Wiper, a partner in the NASA coalition during the April 5, by election.

The Secretary General has said that the party refuses to bow down to wiper’s pressure to withdraw their candidate and instead back the wiper contender as the Supreme court had proved that Sumra’s victory had been ‘stolen’.

Sifuna noted that it was a democratic right for every party to support its own candidate and that was what ODM was doing.

He also defended Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho from his critics and dared politicians who have evidence that can link the Governor with Akasha brothers to step forward.

Speaking at the same time Nyandarua County ODM chairperson David Manyara refuted claims that there were fallouts in the party.

Mr Manyara noted that it was Nasa that collapsed after its leadership differed in ideologies and not ODM.

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