Five party chairpersons representing Nyali, Changamwe, Jomvu, Likoni and Kisauni constituencies and several aspirants asked the national election board to nominate Mr Omar as the party's candidate for the gubernatorial race, “guided by articles10.7 and 23.2 of the party's constitution”
“If any candidate doesn’t want to follow the party nomination procedure as per the party constitution, then he/ she should not arm-twist the party and the party leader to suit his/ her ambition,” added a statement signed by Changamwe Wiper Party chairman, Jackson Malii during a press conference in Mombasa town on Monday.
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They added: “If at all the party will decide to subject Senator Hassan Omar to a nomination process then it should be done through the holders of the party membership card as was resolved during the National Delegates Conference pursuant to article 7 of the party constitution.”
They argued that Mr Omar has the right qualification, leadership qualities and integrity needed for the governor's seat. They added that “Mr Omar has built a national profile that will endear all that are affiliated to his candidacy”.
“All Mombasa county based political aspirants are more affiliated to the senator than any other aspirant for gubernatorial seat,” the statement added.
The leaders, including Wiper Party Likoni parliamentary hopeful Mr Suleiman Shakombo and five MCAs said that the party's inability to conduct nominations for various seats in Mombasa has damaged their grassroots activities.
Mr Awiti is expected to launch a series of rallies in Mombasa at the weekend and it remains to be seen what unfolds between him and the Mombasa Senator.