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Igathe is a State House project – Sakaja

Wanyonyi will be going back to defend his Westlands parliamentary seat.

In Summary

• Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga said Jubilee’s Polycarp Igathe will fly the gubernatorial flag.

• The Sakaja, Wanyonyi meeting has elicited mixed reactions among Kenyans considering the two are from different political factions.

Nairobi Senator and Gubernatorial aspirant Johnson Sakaja speakign at Karen durign Iftar dinner on April 21, 2022
Nairobi Senator and Gubernatorial aspirant Johnson Sakaja speakign at Karen durign Iftar dinner on April 21, 2022
Image: Johnson Sakaja

Nairobi Gubernatorial aspirant Senator Johnson Sakaja has called out Azimio-One Kenya Alliance candidate Polycap Igathe of being a State House and deep state project.

Sakaja, who is the United Democratic Alliance party candidate went ahead and claimed the Raila Odinga led coalition was contemptuous and it has imposed Igathe on the people of Nairobi.

“I am not a sample to the contemptuous the way they have been on the other side by imposing a candidate. There is the people's project, and there's a project of the deep state and statehouse," he said.

The senator, however, said he was optimistic that Nairobi residents know the difference between a state project and a people’s project, noting that the voters will make the right choice in the August 9, polls.

Sakaja expressed confidence that Nairobi residents will vote for him, owing to his track record in the Senate, which according to him speaks volumes of the work he has done.

"I'm confident that we will make the right choice. I don't take it for granted. Our work is to go and convince them as to why they need to choose us for the position of governor of Nairobi."

On Friday, Sakaja met with Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi hours after the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance unveiled its Nairobi lineup where it was announced that Wanyonyi will be going back to defend his parliamentary seat.

Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga said Jubilee’s Polycarp Igathe will fly the gubernatorial flag.

He will be deputised by former Kibwezi MP Philip Kaloki who is from the Kalonzo Musyoka-led Wiper Democratic Movement party.

ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna was handed the senatorial ticket while incumbent Esther Passaris will fly the Woman Representative flag.

KNCCI president Richard Ngatia also stepped down from the race and will be appointed the President’s special envoy for trade.

The Sakaja, Wanyonyi meeting elicited mixed reactions among Kenyans considering the two are from different political factions.

Sakaja, who is from the Kenya Kwanza Alliance is yet to name his running mate, an indicator that something could be cooking by the time he names one next week.

He will also be revealing the Nairobi lineup from MCAs to MPs ahead of an intense three months campaign in the city.

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