By NJ Correspondent:
Incumbent Wajir West MP Abdikadir Ore has announced bowing out of the race to represent one of Wajir’s oldest constituencies.
Ore made the announcement through a Facebook post that generated a lot of praise for the soft-spoken MP from his followers.
“THANK YOU to all of you for believing in me and in my ability in 2013. I will not be defending my seat come August 2017. I believe in the principle that all must be given chances to serve the people” posted Ore.
The MP thanked his constituents for giving him the opportunity to serve them noting it has been the honor of his life and the greatest opportunity to serve and represent them in the National Assembly.
“We have done many things together, we will still do more. I will serve you diligently in the next few months as your MP and later championing for the cause of community strengthening and resilience” added Ore.
Ore has been one of the vocal MPs from the region who consistently spoke out against government excesses such as alleged extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances, a cause he intends to pursue even after leaving the August house.
In what has become the norm in the region, clan elders oversaw a process to vet and select a preferred candidate for Ore’s seat early this year with a former Wajir County Government official Ahmed Kolosh emerging the winner. Ore was a distant third.
Many however expected him to contest after another candidate Prof. Mohamed Yussuf Elmi broke ranks with the elders’ decision and vowed to soldier on.
Former area MP the late Ahmed Khalif’s son Abdighani is the latest entrant eyeing Ore’s seat. Khalif has reportedly landed the ODM ticket currently held by Ore too.
Although Kolosh who was endorsed by the Rer aw Mohamud elders is yet to make his party public, it is believed the man nicknamed Trump may fly the ruling Jubilee party’s flag in the coming elections.