Nairobi lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi has claimed that only one person in NASA has the ability to defeat President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 2017 elections.
Speaking in the first ever Jeff Koinange Live show on Citizen TV on Wednesday, Ahmednasir, who also goes by the moniker Grand Mullah, said that three of the four principals cannot gather the numbers to ensure a NASA win in the August 2017 elections.
“There are people that cannot defeat President Uhuru Kenyatta even if they are endorsed by the entire NASA coalition because they do not carry a lot of clout that would give them the required numbers,” said Ahmednasir.
“When looking for a presidential candidate, we have to look at a lot of things and popularity is key,” he said.
In a rather oblique way, Ahmednasir seemed to refer to ODM leader Raila Odinga as the ideal candidate to defeat President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“There is no way that Raila Odinga will endorse someone else, he did that once and that was it. And if NASA adds to the numbers they had in 2013 elections they can win the August elections.”
In the 2013 elections, Uhuru Kenyatta was announced president having garnered a little over 6.1 million votes against Raila Odinga’s 5.3 million votes.
Raila Odinga moved to contest the results at the Supreme Court, a petition that was dismissed on technicalities.
He further claimed that Jubilee has lost ground in several places where they got votes in 2013 and are only left with Rift Valley and Central regions.
“We have to differentiate between noise and substance, all the trips that Jubilee has been making in different parts of the country is just noise but the truth is their numbers have dwindled,” said Ahmednasir.
“The only place that Jubilee is strong is in Rift Valley and Central.”
Political analyst Barrack Muluka further pointed at the apparent bleak picture staring at Jubilee, saying they have a lot to do to win reelection.
“We cannot say they (Jubilee) are going to have an easy ride because Kenyans are suffering because the prices of commodities have gone up under Jubilee government,” he said.
Unlike Jubilee which has announced that they will support the reelection of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto in August 2017, NASA is yet to settle on its presidential candidate with ODM leader Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) all eyeing the ticket.