, KIAMBU, Kenya, Apr 25 – Kiambu Governor William Kabogo on Tuesday night conceded early defeat in the Jubilee gubernatorial race, appearing at a hurried news conference to state that he wished his rival Ferdinand Waititu well.
Early results showed Waititu commanding an early lead in most polling stations.
Kabogo told the media that there was an unnamed individual who did not want him in the race.
He said he had complained about officials conducting the primary in Kiambu and had been assured there would be changes but nothing had been done.
“I wish Waititu well and to the people of Kiambu, it was worth it,” Kabogo said in a live TV interview.
But even as he threw in the towel, vote counting was still underway in polling stations in the expansive county, with clear indications Waititu was headed for a major victory.
The two arch-rivals have been previously engaged in a bitter legal battle, with counter-accusations of their academic credentials.