, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 24 – Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko now wants a petition challenging his election struck out.
The County boss has through an application due for hearing on December 4 urged presiding judge Msagha Mbogholi to dismiss it as defective for failure to include his deputy Polycarp Igathe.
According to Sonko, this amounts to abuse of the court process and is fatal.
Sonko argued that his election cannot be separated from that of his deputy.
“I find it compelling to make the application and save the court precious judicial time , resources and to avoid unnecessary litigation beyond this court,” he stated in his application through lawyers Cecil Miller and Harrisson Kinyanjui.
In addition , governor Sonko has faulted the petition for failing to indicate Okoth’s name and address of service in violation of 2017 election rules.
“I protest at the petitioners insidious trampling on my deputy governor’s right to be fairly heard in this petition,” he said.
As a result, Sonko said he is persuaded that Okoth is not a legal petitioner but a stranger. “It would not serve the great public interest of Nairobi residents to proceed any further with the petition”.
Should justice Mbogholi concur with him and dismiss the petition, Sonko wants the respondents ordered to pay him Sh30 million as costs of the petition.