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Former Vivo MD's gamble on politics set to pay off

Nairobi County Governor aspirant Mike Sonko (right) and his running mate Polycarp Igathe on May 17, 2017. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG
Nairobi Senator and County Governor aspirant Mike Sonko (right) and his running mate ex-Vivo MD Polycarp Igathe on May 17, 2017. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG  

A leap of faith by former corporate honcho Polycarp Igathe, who quit his plum position as CEO of Vivo Energy Kenya to run alongside Senator Mike Sonko for Nairobi's top political seat, could soon yield dividends for the youthful executive.

The pair's ticket was in an early lead Wednesday morning in their race to unseat incumbent Dr Evans Kidero - who served as Mumias Sugar's #ticker:MSC managing director for ten years before jumping into politics.

According to provisional results provided by IEBC as at 4.10 p.m. today, Mr Sonko (Jubilee) was leading with 821,925 votes against Mr Kidero’s (ODM) 658,583.

Independent candidates Peter Kenneth and Miguna Miguna had garnered 41,080 and 9,785 votes respectively in the polling stations that had submitted their results.

However, not all of the 17 constituencies have submitted final tallies for the governor seat.

Women rep

In the Women Representative seat, Esther Passaris (ODM) - who through her firm Adopt a Light Ltd lit most parts of Nairobi - was leading with 768,708 votes against Jubilee’s Rachel Shebesh with 620,631 votes.

In the senator race, Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja of Jubilee led the pack with 750,355 votes against ODM’s Edwin Sifuna with 628,036 votes.

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