President Uhuru’s cousin Annah Nyokabi Gatheca has dropped out of the Kiambu gubernatorial race just days before the August 9, General Election.
The former Kiambu County Woman Representative will instead deputize Thika town MP Patrick Wainaina alias Wajungle.
Wainaina who was eying the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket was floored by Kiambu senator Kimani Wamatangi in the primaries.
Nyokabi on the other side failed to convince the Jubilee party’s nomination panel why they should give him a ticket instead of Kiambu Governor James Nyoro.
The duo had then vowed to go for the seat separately as independent candidates but struck a deal that will see them work together.
Having served as the region’s first Woman Rep, Wainaina said Nyokabi will bring her leadership prowess to his team.
Nyokabi on the other hand described Wainaina as a development-oriented leader and someone who is not tainted with graft.
The duo will face off with the incumbent James Nyoro (Jubilee), former Governor William Kabogo (Tujibembe Wakenya Party), and Senator Kimani Wamatangi (UDA), and Kanu’s Juliet Kimemia.
Wa Jungle who was floored by Wamatangi in the nominations said that the UDA party favored Senator Wamatangi as he was close to top party officials.
He said that the exercise wasn’t free and fair saying that in some stations, some of his agents were locked out of the counting exercise.
“They have rigged me and I want to state it here that after two days, I will give my stand but I will be on the ballot. People of Kiambu will vote for me due to my development record,” he said.