• His decision comes a week after he said he was the best bet to take over Kivutha Kibwana's seat.
• The professor had indicated that he wanted to vie for the seat on Kibwana's Muungano party.
Makueni County politician Philip Kaloki on Thursday announced his decision to drop his gubernatorial bid.
News his decision to drop the bid was announced on Thursday by Governor Kivutha Kibwana who said Kaloki had instead relocated his interests to Nairobi County.
The professor had indicated that he wanted to vie for the seat on Kibwana's Muungano party.
"Prof. Philip Kaloki who had expressed interest to vie the Makueni County gubernatorial position on a Muungano party ticket has decided to relocate his ambitions to Nairobi county," Kivutha said on Facebook.
The Makueni governor said he wholly submitted to Kaloki's decision and wished him the best.
"We wholeheartedly defer to his wishes. Democracy means open politics. We wish him bon voyage."
The former Kibwezi MP has not yet revealed which political position he will pursue at the Capital.
His decision comes a week after he said he was the best bet to take over Kivutha Kibwana's seat.
Kaloki had stated that if he ascended to the seat, he would continue with Governor Kivutha's track and uplift the lives of Makueni people.
In 2013, he lost the senator race to Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, after he garnered 9,762.
His drop has left the race to Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, two-term Kibwezi MP Patrick Musimba, County Minister for Devolution Joshua Wambua, Minister for Gender Bob Kisyula and businessman David Masika.