- Aden Abdullahi ditched Mohammed of the Ford-Kenya after his efforts to seek endorsement from Abokor Adar clan in Ijara hit a snag.
- He said the political move taken by the community is living embodiment of trust unity and honesty.
Garissa governor aspirant Abdilatif Mohammed received a major setback after his running mate withdrew from the race to back the incumbent Ali Korane.
Aden Abdullahi ditched Mohammed after efforts to seek endorsement from his Abokor Adar clan failed.
Confirming his withdrawal, he said the endorsement from his community was turned down due to a binding promise they made to support Korane for a second term.
"After lengthy consultation with clan elders led by Sultan Mohamed Abdisamat and his second in command Ugas Abdinassir Sheikh Ahmed, I decided to respect their verdict," Abdullahi said.
He said an aspirant needs to build his politics from the grassroots to have bargaining power. Aden promised to stand with his community and support Korane.
Mohamed is yet to comment on the latest development.
Korane, who will be contesting on the Jubilee ticket lauded the Abokor Adar clan for the decision. Korane's running mate is Adan Shaiye.
He said the political move taken by the community is living embodiment of trust unity and honesty.
Others in the race are former governor Nathif Jama of ODM who settled on incumbent Deputy Governor Abdi Dagane as his running mate and Dekow Mohamed who picked Abdi Amin.
(Edited by Tabnacha O)