UDA, the party of Deputy President William Ruto, has distanced itself from Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri’s effort to keep his seat.
Instead, the party has urged its members to seek out an alternative and vote for a candidate of their choosing.
This comes after the MP urged Nakuru citizens to vote for their preferred candidates in all elected seats.
The MP’s comments intensify his spat with Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, who is running for Governor on a UDA ticket.
Kihika also urged residents of Bahati to vote against the outspoken MP.
Irene Njoki of Jubilee is Ngunjiri’s key opponent in Bahati.
Kimani recently attacked Kihika, claiming that his relationship with Governor Lee Kinyanjui is democratic and that he is doing so because he is a national leader.
“We’re telling our people to vote for the Governor, Senator, Member of Parliament, and even MCA that they want,” Kimani stated.
Following his statement, Bernard Gitau, the Nakuru County UDA coordinator, advised all UDA supporters in Nakuru to ignore the MP’s calls.
“Following the terrible statements of Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri, the UDA fraternity in Nakuru County has chosen to distance itself from the MP who is seeking re-election on a UDA ticket,” Gitau wrote to the party’s members in a notice.
After opinion polls revealed that he is no longer the favorite leader to win the MP’s seat in the area, the MP has had a falling out with the party’s senior leadership in Nairobi.
All recent opinion polls have Irene Njoki of the Azimio Coalition at the top.
Because of his longstanding ties in KANU, Kimani has previously been accused of being a UDA mole.