UNVEIL CANDIDATE IN 2 DAYS

Six Nandi independent governor aspirants unite to topple Sang

They will unveil the candidate they are backing in two days.

In Summary

• They are former Governor Dr Cleophas Lagat, Elijah Lagat, Antipas Tirop, Anderson Serem, Peter Maiyo and Nicholas Koech.

• Sources said the single independent candidate is likely to be Dr Lagat, with running mate Peter Lelei.

Former Nandi Governor Dr Cleophas Lagat speaking in Nandi after meeting other independent aspirants on May 3, 2022
Former Nandi Governor Dr Cleophas Lagat speaking in Nandi after meeting other independent aspirants on May 3, 2022
Image: BY MATHEWS NDANYI

Six independent governor aspirants in Nandi have resolved to support one of them to face Governor Stephen Sang in August.

They are former Governor Dr Cleophas Lagat, Elijah Lagat, Antipas Tirop, Anderson Serem, Peter Maiyo and Nicholas Koech.

They said they will unveil the candidate they are backing in two days.

Sources said the single independent candidate is likely to be Dr Lagat, with running mate Peter Lelei.

Lelei is a former Uasin Gishu county secretary and immediate former CEO Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee.

Four of the independent aspirants took part in the primaries on April 14 but rejected the results, claiming that the UDA elections board ganged up with Sang to tamper with the exercise.

Lagat and others who lost in the primaries claimed the results were doctored in favour of Governor Sang.

Sang has however rubbished their claims and questioned why the aspirants should come up with such claims almost a month after the nominations.

During the primaries, Sang was declared the winner after garnering 100,490 votes.  Lawyer Alan Kosgey came second with 48,845, followed by Lagat.

“The nominations were not in any way free and fair or verifiable as had been promised by the UDA elections board. The will of the people of Nandi was robbed by a cartel that messed up the whole exercise,” Lagat said.

He said the nomination results did not reflect the figures of votes cast by residents.

“Those were cooked up nominations that were designed to rob the people of Nandi of their will, and we will not accept that,” Lagat said. 

The independent governor aspirants, who met in Chesumei constituency, said they will support Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid.

“We will ensure that the will of the people prevails on August 9 because everyone knows how the current regime has messed up the county,” Lagat said.

He said they will not accept UDA bigwigs from outside the county to go to the area and campaign for Governor Sang.

“We want outsiders to allow residents of Nandi to elect their own leaders without being coerced or forced,” Lagat said.

Several other aspirants who lost in the UDA primaries in the county have also opted to vie as independent candidates.

MPs Vincent Tuwei of Mosop and Cornel Serem of Aldai will defend their seats as independent candidates.

The two tallied second in the primaries.

The margins of their loss in the primaries were slim and analysts say the MPs could still reclaim their seats.

Serem lost to a former employee at Ruto's office, Marryann Keittany, while Tuwei lost newcomer Abraham Kirwa.

Edited by A.N

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