John Mbadi: We’re trying to reach consensus in Mombasa governor race
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Chairman John Mbadi now says the party is trying to use the consensus method in Mombasa governor race.
Speaking on a local television station on Tuesday evening, Mbadi said the move will relieve the party from unnecessary primaries when a popular candidate is already known.
"For Mombasa gubernatorial race, we are trying to persuade one of our candidates to accept that the opponent is more popular," he said.
Mbadi, however, said the party may subject the candidates to universal suffrage if the consensus method fails to work.
"However, if we reach a dead end, we will let them go through universal suffrage," he added.
Mvita MP Nassir Abdullswamad Sheriff and Businessman Suleiman Shahbal are eyeing the ODM ticket for the coveted seat.
Opinion polls have consistently put Sheriff ahead of Shahbal in the race to get the ODM ticket.
Former Senator Hassan Omar and Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo are eyeing the seat on UDA and Wiper tickets respectively.
Omar has since been given a direct ticket by Deputy President William Ruto's UDA party.
Mbogo, however, is yet to be unveiled by Wiper as its candidate for the seat even as former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is said to be interested in the seat in the Kalonzo Musyoka-led party.