Polycarp Igathe Picked Over Tim Wanyonyi as the Azimio Candidate for Governor in Nairobi County

Polycarp Igathe

Sources in ODM told The Weekly Vision Online that It took more than two days of marathon meetings with other political leaders including the president to resolve the impasse since they were all determined not to bow out of the race

By Our Investigative Team

The Nairobi City County Governor’s seat has become the hottest post to hold on to, judging by the number of people who have been governors, yet it is the most coveted and fought for compared to all the others in the country.

 This was recently witnessed when the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) decided to back Polycarp Igathe as the party’s flag bearer in the August 9th general election sidestepping Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi who had expressed a strong interest in the seat. Polycarp Igathe came out of the blues to comfortably secure the Jubilee party nomination certificate; he will battle it against Hon Sakaja of Deputy President William Ruto’s UDA outfit.

Hon Tim Wanyonyi with ODM party leader Raila Odinga

 Several personalities had also shown interest to battle for the seat as early as the beginning of 2021, investing huge financial resources in campaigns to win their political parties’ favour before heading for the real final battle in August. The current National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) chairman Richard Ngatia and legislator Tim Wanyonyi were strong favourites, they both fell by the wayside due to several factors.

 Sources in ODM told The Weekly Vision Online that it took the intervention of the party leader and presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga to have the other contestants step aside for Mr Igathe. It took more than two days of marathon meetings with other political leaders including the president to resolve the impasse since they were all determined not to bow out of the race.

Mr Odinga announced Igathe as the alliance’s choice on the steps of the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in the looming general elections before he took to the air for his tour of the United States of America.

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