Former Nairobi deputy governor Polycarp Igathe will be facing off with Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja in the August 8, General Election for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat.
Igathe will be vying on a Jubilee ticket which is under the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party while Sakaja will be vying on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket.
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s wife Ida Odinga has thrown her weight behind Polycarp Igathe.
In a statement posted on her Facebook page on Wednesday, June 22, Ida said that Igathe was the right person to occupy the City Hall.
“After Polycarp Igathe shared his plans with me, I am upbeat that he is the right guy for the job,” Ida said.
She said Nairobi County needs someone who understands the needs of the over 8 million city dwellers and the system the county needs to thrive.
“The major world city of Nairobi, with 8 million people moving in and out of it every day, needs a leader who understands its character, its people, and the system it needs to thrive,” she said.
This comes just days after a survey conducted by Tifa Research revealed that UDA gubernatorial candidate Johnson Sakaja remains the most popular candidate in the Nairobi gubernatorial race.
In the polls released on Tuesday, June, 21, Sakaja enjoys the majority of the support from the female voters than Polycarp Igathe.
According to the poll Sakaja has 41 percent, female supporters, compared to Igathe at 24 percent.
“Johnson Sakaja of UDA has more female supporters as compared to Polycarp Igathe (41% vs 24%). There were no major differences in the support for two candidates by age group,” TIFA said in their findings.
It is worth noting Sakaja is still battling to prove that his degree certificate from Uganda is authentic. The electoral body, IEBC, had since admitted the certificate.