In Summary

  • However, Mr Omar has categorically said he is in the race to the end.
  • According to the source, if Omar quits, this will give Governor Joho “breathing space”.
  • It is not clear who requested Mr Odinga to talk to Senator Omar.

It is now emerging that there has been a push within the National Super Alliance to have Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar (Wiper) quit the governorship race in favour of Governor Hassan Joho (ODM).

However, Mr Omar has categorically said he is in the race to the end and will be on the ballot come August 8.

Sources said Nasa Presidential candidate Raila Odinga had been asked to prevail upon Mr Omar to quit the race.

According to the source, this would give Governor Joho “breathing space” on the ground and, at the same time, give him time to campaign for Mr Odinga nationally.

It is not clear who requested Mr Odinga to talk to Senator Omar.

MEETING

Present during the talks held at the EnglishPoint Marina last Saturday morning were Mr Odinga, his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, two politicians from Kwale County and Mr Joho.

Mr Omar is, however, said to have dismissed the suggestion, telling Mr Odinga that he would not step down.

The Senator has confirmed having attended a meeting at the Marina on Saturday but declined to divulge what transpired, only stressing that he was in the race for Mombasa governor.

“At the moment there is no turning back because we have already done a lot and gained ground. Whoever might even be thinking of such a thing should forget it,” he told Nation.

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