Former Nairobi County Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe has claimed other aspirants for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat under the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya umbrella have agreed to support his candidature for the top city seat.
In an interview with Citizen TV on Thursday, April 21, Igathe said the decision my his competitors follows a successful consensus spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He was speaking after a day-long deliberation at State House, Nairobi, on who among himself, Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi, businessman Richard Ngatia, and businesswoman Agnes Kagure, will fly the Azimio One Kenya flag in the city’s top race.
While dismissing the notion that there is friction between the Azimio aspirants for the city seat, Igathe alleged that Wanyonyi, Ngatia, and Kagure have verbally agreed to back his bid.
“I have personally reached out to all the major Azimio la Umoja candidates who have been running for the gubernatorial seat, Ngatia, Kagure and Wanyonyi. There is no crisis and I think that we should not manufacture a crisis.
“In terms of consultations, verbal conversations are not confirmed. What is confirmed is what comes out from our party leaders. It is really about winning together, not winning alone, and that conversation will be fully public tomorrow,” Igathe told Citizen TV.
Igathe revealed that Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition principals will make a formal announcement regarding the agreement by close of business Friday, April 22 which is also the deadline for party primaries.
The development come after his entry into the Nairobi gubernatorial race caused a storm as some aspirants had threatened to go all the way to the end.
A group of Mulembe leaders had converged in Nairobi and demanded that the Westland MP must be the Azimio candidate as their condition for supporting the coalition.