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Waweru bows out of Nairobi governor race to ‘save Jubilee from defeat’

Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru has defended his move to quit the governor race to defend his parliamentary seat.

“In this life, sacrifices have to be made. And you run to win. You never run to lose,” he said.

Mr Waweru, who had wanted to vie for governor’s seat and was part of Team Nairobi led by Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko.

He said that his new misson is to unite Mr Sonko and Peter Kenneth to deliver the seat to Jubilee Party.

Also in Team Nairobi is former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru and nominated MP Johnson Sakaja, who also quit the gubernatorial race to run for Senate.

HEADED TO DEFEAT

“As is now, I saw Jubilee was headed to defeat. So I took a step back and now I want to bring these people together,” said Mr Waweru.

He said having four people running for the Jubilee ticket was a bad strategy in the first place.

“We cannot all be governors. And mark you, I have a seat and all I need to do is explain to people my reasons for coming back,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Kenneth has now backed out of the use party smart card in the April 21 nominations.

Mr Kenneth, who is running against Mr Sonko and Mrs Wanjiru, said that his only big worry was for a fair nomination process.

“Whether we are using the IEBC register, or the party nomination cards, we are ready. All we want is to have a process that is credible so that the winners proceed, and the losers back the winners,” said Mr Kenneth.

DISENFRANCHISE MEMBERS

The 2013 presidential candidate said the use of the smart card might disenfranchise party members.

He was speaking on Sunday at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa in Marurui, Roysambu constituency accompanied by area MP Waihenya Ndirangu.

“Kenneth is the man for the job,” Mr Ndirangu said.

Mr Kenneth argued that he was the best to oust Dr Evans Kidero from City Hall.

“I had a lot of faith in Dr Kidero because he was said to be a good manager. But now we know he isn’t. He has disappointed all of us in the last four years,” said Mr Kenneth.