Johnson Sakaja chickens out of Nairobi gubernatorial race

Sakaja who declared his interest for Nairobi’s top job last year quit the crowded race today in fear of losing out or for the interest of the Jubilee party.

 

Sakaja who declared his interest for Nairobi’s top job last year quit the crowded race today in fear of losing out or for the interest of the Jubilee’s party.

The nominated MP has instead opted to run for Nairobi senatorial seat currently held by Gideon Mbuvi alias Sonko.

Sakaja held a press conference today after his nomination papers were accepted at Jubilee Party's headquarters in Pangani.

So far Sakaja is the only one who has declared interest in the senate race but after party primaries are complete it is expected the race will attract other aspirants.

Jubilee is sharply divided in two factions‘Team Nairobi’ faction is made up of Senator Mike Sonko, former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru, Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja and Dagoretti MP Dennis Waweru.

While on the other side is ‘Team Kenneth’ which comprises Starehe MP Maina Kamanda, Rachael Shebesh (woman representative) and a host of other Kiambu and Nairobi county MPs and MCAs.

With the exit of Sakaja the race is still crowded with Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru, former Gatanga legislator Peter Kenneth, former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru, former National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende, Raila Odinga's former aide Miguna Miguna and Esther Passaris.

Kenneth submitted his nomination papers to Jubilee Party headquarters in the company of his supporters yesterday.

"Our goal as aspirants for Nairobi governor is to remove [Evans] Kidero. We must achieve this. Any sideshow is not for our taking," he told journalists.

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