Incumbent Nairobi Governor, Evans Kidero, has labelled Senator Mike Sonko’s number two pick in the race to control the Capital, a “project”.
According to Kidero who was given a direct ticket by his party ODM ahead of the forthcoming General Election, Polycarp Igathe is the ‘latest project’ to be forced on the people of Nairobi by the Jubilee administration.
Kidero went on to add that Senator Sonko’s choice shows how far President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party is willing to go to unseat him.
“The issue of Nairobi governorship has really disturbed and bothered the Jubilee team. They by all means want to take the seat,” Kidero noted.
The Governor was speaking after meeting African Inland Church (AIC) leaders at the AIC Milimani.
He said that Sonko was ‘forced’ by the party’s top leadership to pick the Vivo Energy boss in order to neutralise the Senator’s weaknesses.
“They (Jubilee) have tried many projects which have never taken off starting with Eugene Wamalwa,” the Governor said. Adding: “They came with another project, Peter Kenneth which also did not take off. They also had the project of Dennis Waweru. All their projects have failed so even this one of Igathe will fail in 81 days.”
The Nairobi gubernatorial race is hotting up, especially after Sonko trounced his competition in Jubilee including 2013 presidential candidate Kenneth and the former Member of Parliament for Starehe Margaret Wanjiru.
Kidero said the National Super Alliance (NASA) team in Nairobi is very strong and will no doubt humiliate the ruling coalition come August 8.
Sonko who has of late been transforming himself as a “sober”, calm and collected leader, as opposed to his usual reckless, even gangster-like politics that he is known for, picked Igathe as his running mate on Tuesday following interviews conducted by senior State House officials.
He received his nomination certificate on Wednesday, May 17.