Senator Mike Sonko has chosen Vivo MD Polycarp Igathe to be his running mate in the Nairobi governor race.
The Jubilee Party nominee picked Igathe from a number of proposed aspirants which include former Starehe MP and Nairobi governor aspirant Margaret Wanjiru. Others are Dennis Waweru, Millicent Omanga, Jimnah Mbaru, John Gakuo, James Kiyapi and Janet Ouko.
Sonko defeated former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth and Wanjiru in the nominations with a huge margin. He got 138,185 votes while Kenneth and Wanjiru got 62,504 and 7,654 respectively.
The former Starehe MP had publicly requested to be Sonko’s running mate, saying she could mobilize many supporters and help fund campaigns. Sonko was also said to have reached out to Kenneth to come together and work out a deal.
Mike Sonko has, however, choosen Polycarp Igathe as his choice. Igathe is said to have told Vivo Energy staff members about his move to politics which was decided after a closed-door meeting with Sonko on Tuesday.
“He made it official that he is joining politics,” a source said, adding that the MD will be taking a huge pay cut.
Sonko is scheduled to officially unveil Polycarp Igathe later on Tuesday at Jubilee Party’s headquarters in Pangani, Nairobi.
Igathe has served as the Kenya Association of Manufacturers chairman, the Managing and Executive Director of Haco Industries Kenya and the director of Mercantile Insurance Company. He was also Uchumi supermarkets director from May 2015 to March 23, 2016.
The Vivo Energy Kenya director has never held political office before but was recently involved in a confrontation with Nominated Senator Paul Njoroge who shot in the air to threaten him. The incident occured on Nairobi-Nakuru highway when Igathe instructed workers to close down a Shell petrol station.