Sonko ‘concedes’ defeat in Mombasa gubernatorial race
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has conceded defeat in the Mombasa gubernatorial race whilst applauding Abdulswamad Nassir of the Orange Democratic Party, an affiliation of the Azimio la Umoja.
Even though the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) not having yet announced the winner.
Sonko while accepting defeat tweeted, “Watu wangu habari za asubuhi? (How is it by people, good morning) When you are in any competition, your competitor is not your enemy but your opponent.”
Regretting not being on the ballot, Sonko added, “I wish I was on the ballot but no matter how long it takes. Inshallah. God’s time is the best, yote tisa asiyekubali kushindwa sio mshindani. (He who doesn’t accept defeat is not a good competitor/opponent).”
The flamboyant politician was disqualified by the Supreme Court because he had been impeached by the Nairobi County Assembly and Senate.
Efforts to battle the disqualification were unsuccessful.
Pointing an accusatory finger at Chief Justice Martha Koome, Sonko claimed she had taken sides.
“She shouldn’t have been part of the bench regarding my matter because already in her mind she had made an opinion that Sonko shouldn’t be on the ballot,” he stated.
However, days before the August 9, 2022, general elections, Sonko ditched Kalonzo’s led Wiper Party and joined President-elect William Ruto’s UDA camp throwing his support behind Hassan Omar.
Sonko revealed while campaigning for Omar said that Ruto promised him, a government post.
Nassir had taken a convincing lead in the polls showing he would clinch victory and defeat Omar of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
The two other candidates contesting are William Kingi of PAA, Daniel Munga Kitsao an Independent candidate, Hezron Awiti of VDP, Said Abdalla Usawa Kwa Wote and Shafii Makazi UPIA.