NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 17 – Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko will face off with four other candidates in the Jubilee Party, in a bid to clinch the nomination certificate for the city’s gubernatorial position.
This is after the flamboyant Senator successfully submitted his nomination papers at the party headquarters in Pangani on Friday afternoon.
He expressed confidence of clinching the certificate despite facing a serious challenge from the rest of the contenders and more so from the former presidential candidate Peter Kenneth.
“People should stop fabricating malicious propaganda; this is not the time to gamble with city residents,” he said, in reference to ‘hurdles’ he faced in getting a certificate of good conduct from the Department of Criminal Investigations.
“I have my academic papers ready and I have my KNEC certificate though I got an E in Mathematics, but I know how to count money.”
While making a reference to an Opposition Governor, whom he said that he “cannot even show his graduation gown,” Sonko said he is qualified and experienced enough to manage East Africa’s largest city.
He dismissed the Kenneth-led group as tribal saying his team represents the will of the people.
“No single community can clinch this seat. Nairobi is cosmopolitan,” the seemingly calm Senator said.
If nominated as a Jubilee candidate, he said his priority will help the down trodden and enhancing service delivery for all city residents.
The Senator was accompanied by two other gubernatorial contenders, Bishop Margaret Wanjiru and Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru, who are all under ‘Team Nairobi.’
Bishop Wanjiru said the team will remain united until they clinch the nomination certificate and subsequently compete against their opponents from other parties.
“We are going to show leadership in Nairobi,” she stated. “One of us will be the Governor of Nairobi, the other one will be the deputy and another Senator.”
She however indicated that there could be an early agreement on the positions available amongst them.
The Dagoretti South MP on his part said ‘Team Nairobi’ enjoys the backing of the people and will easily win if, “the people will be given a chance to decide in a free and fair nomination exercise. It is only this team that can deliver the Nairobi seat alone.”
The leaders said they intend to face their counterparts within the party under the banner of Team Nairobi, while disputing claims that they had parted ways after nominated MP Johnson Sakaja withdrew from the gubernatorial race and instead lodged papers to become Senator.
“Our unity remains our national anthem. Our unity is not for people to get positions but for the transformation of Nairobi,” Sakaja said.
“This unity will not be broken by anyone since we want to revive the hope of a generation and the hope of a people.”
Four candidates under the Jubilee Party for Woman Representative also submitted their papers.
They all called for a free and fair nomination exercise.