Laikipia county governor Ndiritu Muriithi has called on political parties under Azimio la Umoja coalition to have consensus before fielding aspirants seeking elective posts in this year’s August 9, general elections.
Muriithi who is seeking re-election for the second term as county governor speaking to the press in Nanyuki town on Thursday said nominations too should be conducted with fairness.
“I encourage you (Azimio la Umoja Laikipia) that as you consider the other seats, be fair to the candidates by giving them the priority based on their field popularity,” Muriithi said.
This comes a day after Muriithi who is also the Azimio la Umoja chairman was endorsed to defend his seat in the August 9 poll by Jubilee party contrary to his earlier declaration that he was to vie through Party of National Unity (PNU).
PNU, KANU, Jubilee and ODM delegates speaking in Nanyuki on Wednesday after a wide consultative meeting said they settled for Muriithi to take Jubilee ticket in defending his seat come August 9 elections.
“The meeting was seeking to have one Azimio candidate for governor in Laikipia under the Azimio banner. So, it is not about whether you are decamping from one party to the other. Parties are building consensus and that is the way we want to go,” Muriithi told journalists on Thursday when asked whether he had decamped from PNU party.
Earlier Jubilee party had already received a gubernatorial aspirant Mburu Kamau who was set to flag off the party governor’s post in Laikipia county.
The leaders promised Muriithi he would be fully supported by all the other Azimio la Umoja political parties’ formation since other candidates eyeing the seat will shelve their ambitions and support him.
Jubilee Secretary General Michael Kibochi said they decided to field Muriithi for gubernatorial seat since he is the strongest Azimio la Umoja candidate in the region and the parties needed to set their eyes on one gubernatorial, senatorial and woman MP seats aspirants in bid to throw their weight on supporting Raila Odinga for presidency.
The Azimio la Umoja chairman is expected to face fierce political contest from former Governor Joshua Irungu vying under United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party and Laikipia West MP Patrick Mariru vying with UDA as well.