Sonko breaks his silence after Uhuru endorsed rival Kenneth

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Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko (left) and former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth. PHOTO: NAIROBINEWS

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has responded to claims that President Uhuru Kenyatta endorsed Peter Kenneth for the Nairobi Governor’s seat.

Kenneth and Sonko are embroiled in a battle that will either make or break their political careers. The two politicians are facing each other in the Jubilee Party primaries scheduled for Friday, April 21, and are hoping to clinch the all important nod in the gubernatorial race against ODM’s Evans Kidero.

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President Kenyatta chats with a young girl when he presided over the 58th National Drama Festivals State Concert. PHOTO: PSCU

There have been persistent talks that Kenneth, a former presidential candidate, is being groomed to become the next Kikuyu leader and take over from President Uhuru after the latter retires from active politics.

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Speaking about all the hullabaloo surrounding the nominations which kick off on Friday, Sonko noted it was unfortunate that the Nairobi race was being influenced by Jubilee power brokers who want to take it to Gatanga, even after former area MP, David Murathe, was appointed JP’s vice chairman.

“I can always move to another party, I will be exercising my democratic right,” the flambo Senator warned.

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Sonko who was speaking during an interview with KTN, said that he would seek court’s redress in case the nominations are not fair as earlier promised.

“I’m ready to go to court to challenge the results if they are not fair, I respect the president but I have a problem with Jubilee handlers who are trying to make this affair a Gatanga affair,” Sonko noted.

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He went on to add that if it happens he is left without options, he can always move to another outfit and easily become Nairobi Governor.

Sonko’s sentiments come even as the Jubilee Party released a statement denying claims that President Uhuru Kenyatta had endorsed Kenneth.

According to Raphael Tuju, the ruling party’s Secretary General, JP members would decide via a ballot, whom they want to carry its ticket during in the primaries.