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Sakaja abandons Nairobi gubernatorial race; seeks to replace Sonko as Senator

MPs Moses Kuria, Racheal Shebesh and Stephen Kariuki look on as Sakaja submitted his nomination papers to head of the Jubilee Party Secretariat Raphael Tuju/CFM

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 16 — Nominated Senator Johnson Sakaja has now set his sights on the Nairobi Senatorial race.

Sakaja who has in the past few months been campaigning for the job of Nairobi governor has changed course.

On Wednesday afternoon he submitted his nomination papers for Nairobi Senator to the Jubilee Party secretariat.

There are also reports that Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru will follow suit tomorrow and bow out of the race for Nairobi governor and instead defend his seat.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy have actively sought to have those in the Jubilee party with their sights set on ousting Evans Kidero as Nairobi governor, come together, and put forth a single formidable candidate as they succeeded in doing in Mombasa where Suleiman Shahbal will run against the incumbent Ali Hassan Joho for the job of governor on a Jubilee ticket.

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