Lamu PNU gubernatorial aspirant steps down for Jubilee’s Fahim Twaha

Lamu's Jubilee nominnee for the gubernatorial seat Fahim Twaha (left) On the right is Lamu PNU governor aspirant Eliud Ndung’u Kinuthia at a past briefing. PHOTO/FILE

Lamu, KENYA: Lamu PNU governor aspirant Eliud Ndung’u Kinuthia has withdrawn his candidature for the gubernatorial race.

With just 48 days remaining to the August 8 general elections,Kinuthia said he reached the decision after being convinced to do so by president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kinuthia says he will now fully focus all his efforts on supporting Jubilee governor aspirant Fahim Twaha to ensure he wins in the forthcoming general elections.

Speaking on Tuesday shortly after his withdrawal,Kinuthia said he was also convinced by his supporters and running mate James Mwangi to accept the president’s offer.

He said the president had assured him of a good job if Jubilee wins the forthcoming elections and forms the next government.

“The president called me and we talked for about 20 minutes.He asked me to step down and instead support Fahim Twaha of Jubilee in return for a nice job if Jubilee wins the elections.After much consultations with my people I accepted the offer and have stepped down in favor of Twaha,”said Kinuthia.

The Lamu gubernatorial race will now feature only four candidates including the incumbent Issa Timamy of ANC,Fahim Twaha of Jubilee,Abdalla Fadhil of ODM and Swaleh Imu of Wiper party.

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