Isiolo ODM gubernatorial candidate and former EACC boss Halakhe Waqo. PHOTO/COURTESY

By Betty Luke

Isiolo ODM gubernatorial candidate Halakhe Waqo has ruled out joining former Governor Godana Doyo amid speculations that he was set to drop his bid in favour of the two leading candidates.

Since United Democratic Alliance candidate Hussein Tene withdrew from the race and joined Mr Doyo, rumours have made rounds online that Mr Waqo would follow suit and join either Mr Doyo or his main challenger Abdi Ibrahim Hassan Guyo of Jubilee Party.

While lauding Mr Tene for dropping bid in his favour, the first Governor said another major announcement was in the pipeline though he did not share details but insisted that it will send his competitors into panic.

“We will soon be back here for another major announcement…,” Mr Doyo said at the July 17 meeting attended by several leaders including MPs Dido Raso (Saku), Hassan Odha (Isiolo North) and Isiolo County MP Rehema Jaldesa.

The former EACC boss Friday dismissed the reports claiming that Mr Doyo’s camp had resorted to peddling lies “after sensing defeat”.

“I am a leader whose knowledge and experience, policy, leadership and management issues is unmatched. They must look elsewhere and not waste their energies on such nonsense,” Mr Waqo shared.

He claimed that his opponents had failed to lay out concrete and credible manifesto and were dwelling on falsehoods.

“Our team is highly committed to deliver success and astounding victory in August polls,” he said while asking his supporters not to fall for the lies and propaganda.

Supporters of Mr Guyo and Mr Doyo have been claiming that Mr Waqo would soon join their camps even as the two frontrunners seek to outshine each other in a battle of optics.

PNU candidate Kenneth Turibu is also being sought by Mr Doyo and Mr Guyo camps with unconfirmed reports indicating that he will join the latter in a mega meeting to be attended by his Party Leader and Agriculture CS Peter Munya tomorrow (Saturday).

Our Intel revealed that Mr Turibu, CS Munya and Mr Guyo will first hold indoor meeting on the outskirts of Isiolo town before the afternoon rally where the working agreement will be announced. The move will see the candidate’s Ameru community benefit with several cabinet slots should the Nairobi Majority Leader win in the August elections.

A recent report by Tifa showed that Mr Doyo would reclaim the seat if elections were held today with a 45 percent popularity rating followed by Mr Guyo at 34 percent and Mr Waqo at the third position at four percent.

The announcement by Mr Waqo is perceived by many as a likelihood that he might work with Mr Guyo should Azimio la Umoja Coalition and ODM leader Raila Odinga ask him to cede ground.

“The statement is a clear indication that he (Waqo) will join the Jubilee candidate,” Mr Guyo’s supporter Jane Kigane said.

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