By NJ Correspondent:
The Fai community has today unveiled Amb. Mohamed Abdi Mohamud as their preferred candidate for the Wajir County gubernatorial candidate in the 2017 elections following days of consultations in Wajir.
Mohamud, popularly known as Mwalimu Pekee was unveiled at a Wajir hotel in a ceremony attended by the Fai sultanate led by Sultan Najib Fai, Tarbaj MP Mohamed Elmi and a host of other community point men.
The decision came after the family went back to the drawing board following Mwalimu Pekee’s reluctance to back down after receiving the backing of other communities living in Wajir.
Mohamud will now take over the community torch from Ugas Sheikh who was first endorsed by the community on July 28.
The community leadership confirmed Mr. Ugas will now contest for the Wajir East parliamentary seat replacing Rashid Kassim who was named alongside him in the July 2016 verdict but was also asked to withdraw to balance the new lineup.
Both Rashid Kassim and Amb. Mohamed hail from the same family within the Fai sub-clan of Degodia.
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Amb. Mohamud who is the outgoing Kenyan envoy to Saudi Arabia will now battle it out with the incumbent Ahmed Abdullahi for the top seat of Wajir County which he narrowly lost to him in the 2013 elections.
Also in the race is academician Salah Abdi Sheikh and Hashim Abdisirad Khalif, the son of a former Wajir political veteran.
More candidates are however expected to join the race.