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I will not be Peter Kenneth’s running mate – Sonko

Senator Mike Sonko has denied reports that he will become Mr Peter Kenneth’s running mate in the Nairobi gubernatorial race.

Senator Sonko said that he is ready to faceoff with his opponents in the race to clinch Nairobi’s Jubilee gubernatorial ticket.

In a press release posted on social media, Mr Sonko said media reports on Sunday that claimed he had agreed to step down for Mr Kenneth in the upcoming elections is a “joke of the year”.

“Reports appearing in the Sunday Standard claiming that I have withdrawn from the gubernatorial race and accepted to be Peter Kenneth’s running mate or defend my senatorial seat is a joke of the year,” wrote Senator Sonko.

INVOKING UHURU’S NAME

Sonko also warned city politicians from invoking President Uhuru Kenyatta’s name in in brokering elections partnerships.

“Those invoking the name of Uhuru Kenyatta for their own selfish political gains must stop forthwith. My respect and loyalty to President remains intact and I am sure and aware that at no given time had he endorsed any candidate for the seat or any other seat. Let us refrain from making reckless statements claiming to have the blessings of the President,” he stated.

“Let us conduct mature and peaceful campaigns and let the Jubilee members nominate a candidate of their choice.”

Mr Sonko said he will support whoever the party nominates to fly the Jubilee gubernatorial flag.

The senator’s press release was accompanied by a video of himself and President Kenyatta assuring Jubilee party supporters of fair nominations.

Four candidates, Senator Mike Sonko, Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, Dangoreti MP Dennis Waweru and nominated MP Mr Johnson Sakanja have all declared to vie for the seat through the Jubilee party ticket.