Don’t impose Igathe, Azimio city supporters caution Uhuru and Raila
impose Igathe, Azimio city supporters caution Uhuru and Raila
Azimio la Umoja supporters have cautioned the outfit against giving former
Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe (pictured) a direct ticket to contest the gubernatorial
condition of anonymity, they said the plan to give Igathe direct ticket was
misguided, noting that the former deputy governor will easily be floored by
United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate, Senator Johnson Sakaja, in the
August 9 General Election.
supporters stated that Igathe should compete in the Jubilee primaries with
other candidates and if he wins the primaries, they will support him.
cautioned Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate, Raila Odinga against falling
prey to machinations by self-centred leaders who want to plant Igathe as the
Azimio gubernatorial candidate.
supporters noted that Igathe has no grassroots touch, adding that Jubilee Party
won the 2017 Nairobi governor’s race due to former governor, Mike Sonko’s
influence at the grassroots and not the cowardly Igathe who was the running
that Igathe if given a direct ticket will be branded as a state project by
United Democratic Alliance (UDA), a move that might see Azimio la Umoja lose
the crucial seat.
supporters added that pairing Igathe with Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi as running
mate will not help Azimio bag the seat, noting the MP is not popular outside
on President Uhuru Kenyatta as Jubilee Party leader to ensure the party’s
primaries are free and fair, noting that they are ready to support the winner.
They said it
was unfortunate a clique of self-centred leaders were pressurizing Raila and
Uhuru to give Igathe the Azimio ticket to run for the city top seat.
supporters dismissed the Mt Kenya Foundation which is suspected of plotting to
sneak Igathe as a busybody, noting in the last two elections the group backed
Moses Mwangi in the Murang’a governor’s race but he lost to Mwangi wa Iria,
the group to “take Igathe to Murang’a’ where they noted he will be beaten hands
The Mt Kenya
caucus initially wanted Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCC)
president Richard Ngatia but started having misgivings due to the latter’s
questionable academic credentials and involvement in graft.
supporters said Igathe showed his lack of leadership qualities when he resigned
as deputy governor, a move that saw the city go without a deputy governor for a
record two years.
expressed fear if Azimio wins the governor’s race with Igathe, he can repeat
the same mistake of resigning if under pressure, thereby throwing the capital
city to the dogs for the second time.