How Sonko blackmailed Uhuru’s team to get Jubilee ticket
Shocking details emerge
According to reports, President Uhuru Kenyatta wanted to hand a direct ticket to gubernatorial aspirant Peter Kenneth but Sonko became hard to convince.
The President’s decision was supported by key persons in Government including Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe and a team of powerful elders from Murang’a led by Maina Wanjigi, father of Jimmy Wanjigi.
Upon realizing this, it is said that Sonko vowed to unleash incriminating video and audio recordings of top Jubilee officials, if Jubilee did not hold primaries for the Governor’s seat in Nairobi County.
“The tapes are damaging and, should Sonko release them, the Jubilee campaign would be shattered,” a report by the Star indicated.
After Sonko refused to step down for Mr. Kenneth, Deputy President William Ruto is said to have seen it as an opportunity to throw off the former Gatanga MP, who it was earlier speculated that he was being groomed for the 2022 Presidential race.
“Ruto saw the opportunity to fix Kenneth because of his 2022 ambitions. State House officials, on the other hand, were scared that their dealings with Sonko would be exposed,” the Star quoted.
It is after the fears were raised that it was finally decided that Nairobi Governor seat would be open for nominations.
Kenneth was defeated by Sonko in the Jubilee primaries, in which he garnered 62,504 while the flamboyant Senator got a whopping 138,185 votes.
The 2013 Presidential candidate protested against the nomination exercise terming it as rigged.
He wrote to the Jubilee Party tribunal raising his complaints but according to Kenneth the party never responded.
On Friday, he announced that he will still contest for the Nairobi seat as an independent candidate.
At the same time, Sonko has since dismissed claims concerning the blackmail as mere propaganda.
“That I have tapes is cheap propaganda. I have never recorded anyone and neither have I blackmailed anyone to support me. The President should not be dragged into this matter.
“The DP and other people have decided to support me because I won the Jubilee nomination in a fair contest,” said Sonko.
On Monday, Kenneth reiterated that President Kenyatta had a hand in the shambolic primaries but there were cartels in the party who wanted certain people to win.
"There was no iota of evidence linking President Uhuru to what we witnessed in the Jubilee party primaries. We have now know that what happened was played in connection to 2022 politics," Kenneth said during an interview on NTV.
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