Kwale governor hopeful Chirau Ali Mwakwere at a past event. He has ruled out stepping down for Dr Issa Chipera. [Photo/ the-star.co.ke]
Kwale ODM governor hopeful Dr Issa Chipera has asked his Wiper counterpart Chirau Ali Mwakwere to step down and support his gubernatorial bid.
Chipera argued that ODM is the most popular party in the county, adding that he stands a higher chance of sending the incumbent, Governor Salim Mvurya home in the August 8 polls.
Addressing supporters in Ukunda on Sunday, Chipera said he has the numbers on the ground to win the seat.
“I am asking my brother Mwakwere to humbly step down and endorse my gubernatorial bid so that we can send Mvurya home as early as 8 am on election day,” said Chipera, as quoted by the Nation.
Chipera said he has been on the ground and residents want him as their next governor.
The ODM governor hopeful said while Mwakwere is experienced, he does not have the numbers to win against Mvurya.
Last week, NASA presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka are reported to have met with Mwakwere and Chipera in a bid to convince one to drop his bid and support the other, in order to deny Mvurya a chance to retain the seat.
The two said there is need for NASA to front one candidate in the race.
However, Mwakwere has ruled out shelving his bid in favour of Chipera, saying he is best suited to beat Mvurya.