Nominated Member of Parliament (MP) Johnson Sakaja quit the Nairobi governor race and presented nomination papers for the senator position.
The senatorial hopeful presented his papers at the Jubilee Party headquarters in Pangani, Nairobi accompanied by six Nairobi MPs, including the Woman Representative Rachel Shebesh, and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
According to Mr Sakaja, he made the decision after consulting widely with people including “our boss” and colleagues.
“All those who will vie for governor are my friends but there comes a time when leaders must make sacrifices. I have sacrificed so as to unite Jubilee in Nairobi.
“Moving as a divided team would be a sure route to loss. I am leading by example.. it had too many people. Let me try my luck in the senate,” explained Sakaja.
The legislator noted that the city requires exemplary leadership as it is Africa’s New York.
“The seat is not about Sakaja. It is for Nairobi. I will support whoever is chosen to lead the Jubilee team in Nairobi,” Sakaja reiterated.
Addressing the media, the former TNA chairman stressed that he would square it out with his competitors during the nominations and that his goal was to ensure Jubilee leads the county.
“Our goal as aspirants for Nairobi governor is to remove [Evans] Kidero. We must achieve this. Any sideshow is not for our taking. We have seen Nairobi deteriorating daily… We will deal with Kidero conclusively on August 8 to end his atrocities,” he told journalists.
The August 8 polls has seen Nairobi politicians split into two groups.
Sakaja’s team includes Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, former Starehe MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru and Dennis Waweru of Dagoretti South.
The other team is of governor aspirant Peter Kenneth, Nominated Senator Beatrice Elachi and MPs Rachel Shebesh (woman representative), Maina Kamanda (Starehe) and James Gakuya (Embakasi North).