Peter Orero, one of the candidates who sought the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket in the Kibra parliamentary race, has abandoned his earlier decision to contest Imran Okoth's nomination victory.
Speaking on Tuesday after a meeting with party leader Raila Odinga and all aspirants, Mr Orero told supporters that he had decided to throw his weight behind the ODM candidate, hailing the party as democratic.
"We shall give unequivocal support to the candidate and you know that the only party that exercises democracy in this country is ODM, " Peter Orero said.
The announcement is a dramatic reversal as the ODM aspirant had raised issues with the manner in which the party had conducted its nomination exercise.
He had claimed that the register that was used by ODM had been doctored with the express intention of favouring the brother of the late former Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth.
Orero came second in the nomination exercise, garnering 1218 votes against Imran's 4382 votes.
The withdrawal of the contest now clears the path for Imran Okoth who is set to slug it out with candidates from othe parties.
He will face Amani National Congress (ANC) candidate Eliud Owalo, governing Jubilee candidate McDonald Mariga and Ford-Kenya's Ramadhan Butichi.
Raila Odinga announced Tuesday that all the aspirants had vowed to support Imran Okoth in the by-election slated for November this year.