Five presidential candidates in South West state polls have resolved to join their efforts in spearheading changes in the state. In a statement issued by the presidential contestants, they also agreed to form a political alliance to support one among them to face off with other contestants.
In their statement, the group of five presidential candidates settled on former deputy leader of Al-Shabaab leader Mukhtar Robow as their chosen candidate and accordingly dropped their bids to rally behind the ex-Al-Shabaab chief. Those who pulled out the race in favour of Robow include, Yusuf Badiyow, Mohamed Adan Farageti, Salah Sheikh Osman, Hassan Amin and Hussein Kushuk. The move by the five aspirants came just hours after Robow had been cleared by the newly reconstituted electoral coordinating committee to run for the top seat in the polls scheduled for December 5th.
Upon receiving his clearance certificate, Mr. Robow thanked the chairman and members of the electoral coordinating committee for processing his documents and giving him the nod to participate in the polls: “I want to assure you that I will bring change if I win this election. I urge all the people of South West to show tolerance and discuss their affairs internally,” he said. Robow will be coming up against former Energy and Water Minister, Abdiaziz Hassan Lafta-Garen, former head of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), Abdalla Osman Abdalla and other candidates.