September 21st 2017

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Elders' endorsements clear the way for Jubilee, CORD clash in Wajir

The governor, a member of ODM (CORD coalition), will face former Wajir East MP Mohamed Abdi Mohamud, who is currently serving as ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Mr Mohamud, who will run on the Jubilee ticket, has been endorsed by a different group of elders from the Fai Sultanate.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 24 Jan 2017 11:02 EAT

The new Wajir County headquarters (Photo: File).

The Degodia clan has endorsed Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi for a second term. Elders from 10 Degodia sub-clans made the announcement in Wajir Town over the weekend, pegging their decision on Mr Abdullahi's developmental achievements. Among the governor's successful projects is the construction of Wajir County headquarters, a 28-kilometre road, the first in the county, dispensaries and hospitals, including a local campus of the Kenya Medical Training College, livestock extension services, water boreholes and community work.

“The governor has a solid development track record and we would like him to continue for the second term,” said elder Issack Gab. Mr Abdullahi expressed appreciation for the endorsement, saying he would wish to continue his good development programmes. “I am humbled that you are happy and satisfied with my performance as Wajir Governor for the last four years,” he said.

The governor, a member of ODM (CORD coalition), will face former Wajir East MP Mohamed Abdi Mohamud, who is currently serving as ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Mr Mohamud, who will run on the Jubilee ticket, has been endorsed by a different group of elders from the Fai Sultanate.

While the governor is expected to run alongside current senator Abdirahman Hassan Olow, who is also of ODM, the Ajuran clan has also endorsed former Wajir North MP Dr Abdullahi Ali as the senatorial candidate, setting up a race that will be fought on clan, programmatic and personality basis.

Mr Abdullahi got 41,000 votes in the 2013 elections, beating the Jubilee candidate by 6,000 votes.

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