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Its Igathe versus Sakaja in Nairobi top seat

Its Igathe versus Sakaja in Nairobi top seat
By Justus Karanja
The race for Nairobi governor's seat will be a contest between former Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe (pictured) and Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja.
Reliable sources revealed that the Azimio la Umoja coalition bringing together ODM leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta is planning to give Igathe the ticket to run for the city top seat.
Igathe will be deputised by Westlands MP Tm Wanyonyi.
On the other hand, Kenya Kwanza that brings together Deputy President William Ruto and Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi has announced they will be fielding Johnson Sakaja as their  Nairobi Gubernatorial candidate. 
They said Senator Sakaja is a leader who measures up to the challenges facing the city. 
"Bishop Margaret Wanjiru defers her gubernatorial bid and will now go for the senate seat. We honour Mheshimiwa Wanjiru for her magnanimity, sacrifice and grace. This win-win spirit will help Nairobi regain its glory," Ruto said while announcing the decision. 
"In presence of Party Leaders Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya), and Justin Muturi (DP), held a consultative meeting with Nairobi County leaders led by Senator Johnson Sakaja, Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, MPs Benjamin Gathiru (Embakasi Central), James Gakuya (Embakasi North), George Theuri (Embakasi West), Millicent Omanga (nominated), Nixon Korir (Lang’ata), John Kiarie (Dagoretti South) and more than 30 MCAs. Other leaders present were Governor Josphat Nanok (Turkana), MPs Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Alice Wahome (Kandara), Kimani Ichung’wah (Kikuyu), Kithure Kindiki (Tharaka Nithi Senator), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet Senator) and UDA Chairman Johnson Muthama," he added.
Sources said Igathe and Wanyonyi have been confirmed as Azimio la Umoja candidates for the Nairobi Gubernatorial race.
Igathe will fly the Azimio flag as the governor while Wanyonyi will deputise him.
 Already, Igathe has resigned from Equity Bank and the campaign posters for Nairobi’s top race are all ready.
The other candidates from Jubilee and ODM have been asked to step down to give room to the aforementioned following consultations from Azimio la Umoja partners.
They include businessman and politician Richard Ngatia who last month submitted his nomination papers at the Jubilee headquarters in Pangani as an aspirant for Nairobi’s top race. 
Anne Kananu and Agnes Kagure were also seeking the Jubilee Party’s ticket for Nairobi governor.

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