Nairobi gubernatorial candidate on UDA ticket Johnson Sakaja is battling a petition before the IEBC Disputes Resolution Committee over claims that he possesses a fake degree certificate.
Dennis Gakuu Wahome, who is a voter in Nairobi wants Sakaja barred from contesting for failing to meet the requirement that a gubernatorial aspirant must have a degree.
If the IEBC committee will agree with the petitioner, Sakaja, who is a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto will be locked in the August polls and possibly face criminal cases for forging academic papers.
However, commenting on his troubles, the youthful politicians accused his opponents of sponsoring the petition to lock him out of the gubernatorial race.
Addressing a rally in Nairobi on Tuesday, June, 14, Sakaja affirmed that he has genuine academic papers and that the petition facing him is politically motivated.
“I went to school and I have papers, am sure God is on our side on will be on the ballot for the Nairobi gubernatorial race,” Sakaja said.
The UDA politician took swipe at his political opponent, Polycarp Igathe, terming him a project of some powerful people.
“We shall not allow few people to seat in boardroom nad decide for us, It is the common man who will decide at the ballot,” he said.
Commenting on the controversy surrounding Sakaja’s academic papers, Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga also said Sakaja’s situation is politically motivated.
In a Twitter post on Monday, June 14, Omanga suggested that there are powerful forces who are afraid that Sakaja will defeat the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party candidate Polycarp Igathe.
“Don’t be cheated. Sakaja’s degree issue is a political witch-hunt by the deep state to deflate his momentum after they realized he will pulverize Igathe. Scorched earth policy. He will triumph.” Omanga said.
In an affidavit filed before the IEBC Disputes Resolution Committee Sakaja insisted that he graduated from a Ugandan University, Team University with a Bachelor of Science in Management.