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Tough battle expected between Sonko and Kidero if Peter Kenneth bows out

The incumbent Nairobi county governor Evans Kidero who will be defending his seat through Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket will have a tough and competitive race in coming polls in the event Sonko and Peter Kenneth join hands

By Mary Muthonimmuthoni@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 19 Jun 2017 16:16 EAT

Nairobi county governor Evans Kidero with senator Mike Sonko.

Nairobi Jubilee gubernatorial candidate Mike Sonko is reaching out to Independent candidate Peter Kenneth to drop his bid and join him. Sonko is ready to offer Kenneth a senior position in the County government should Jubilee win.

“There is no permanent enmity in politics, we need to forgive each other and work together. There are so many slots in Nairobi and we can even negotiate for him a cabinet position “said Sonko.

Sonko said that he was willing to work with the former Gatanga MP in building Nairobi thus making the city a better place. Peter Kenneth or PK as he is commonly referred to, was a presidential candidate in 2013, but lost in Jubilee primaries held in April to Sonko who garnered 138,185 while he PK got 65,504. PK rejected the results and opted to vie for the seat as an Independent Candidate in the August 8 polls.

“I have no hard feelings, let us unite and take Nairobi to the next level” Sonko added.

Earlier on before the primaries Sonko declined to step down for PK since he refused to drop out for the president Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013. He said that he wanted him to feel what they felt in when he did not step down in favour of President Kenyatta.

The incumbent Nairobi county governor Evans Kidero who will be defending his seat through Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket will have a tough and competitive race in the coming polls in the event Sonko and Peter Kenneth join hands.

There are fears that with Sonko having only launched his campaigns five weeks to the election, while Kidero has been on the campaign trail for longer; the incumbent stands a better chance to get re-elected.

The question remains whether Peter Kenneth will agree or not to join Jubilee campaign.

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