KANU Chairman and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has withdrawn from the Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya coalition presidential running mate race.
Moi, who was among the 11 candidates shortlisted for interview by the coalition’s running mate selection panel, has instead endorsed Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka for the post.
KANU’s Secretary for Political Affairs Fredrick Okang’o on Monday announced that Moi will not be appearing before the seven-member panel, which kicked off interviews on Monday.
“While Senator Gideon Moi is suitable and capable to be the running mate of Odinga, on this one he will not be appearing. He has ceded his nomination to endorse Kalonzo Musyoka,” Okang’o said.
Other shortlisted candidates are Musyoka (Wiper Party), Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege (Jubilee Party), Martha Karua (NARC Kenya), former presidential aspirant Peter Kenneth (Jubilee Party), and Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho (ODM).
Also on the list are Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu (NARC), former Kenyan ambassador to Australia Stephen Kipkiyeny Torus (National Liberal Party), Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya (Party of National Unity), Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui (Jubilee), and his Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya (ODM).
Musyoka, who is deemed as one of the frontrunners, has insisted he will not allow himself to be humiliated by appearing before the panel for interviewing. He maintains he is the most suitable running mate candidate for the coalition’s presidential flagbearer Raila Odinga.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has given political parties until May 16th to submit the names of their presidential candidates and their respective running mates.