Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has picked Polycarp Igathe as his running mate, as he seeks to unseat Governor Evans Kidero.

Keen on securing the City’s biggest seat for Jubilee, Sonko had indicated a few weeks ago during a TV interview that he was headhunting a person from the corporate world. He finally settled for Igathe- the managing director of Vivo Energy and the current Kenya Association of Manufacturers chairman.

Sonko was considering among others Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, former Nairobi Town Clerk John Gakuo, Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru, Milicent Omanga and educationist Janet Ouko.

Vivo energy CEO, Polycarp Igathe chosen by Sonko as his running mate

He was also considering Dyer & Blair investments chairman Jimnah Mbaru and Raymond Matiba, former chairman Kenya Tourist Board as possible running mates.

In an interview in 2013, Igathe said in an interview, “I am lucky and I give thanks to God. This is one thing I love about Kenya; education is a real game changer. I come from the most normal working class Kenyan family. I grew up like any other person. I went through public school but diligence, being persistent, not giving up, developing a thick skin and a light touch, praying hard and having plenty of discipline and self-control.”

Kidero has retained his deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke as he seeks his second term on August 8.

The Senator had earlier held a meeting with a number of aspirants who participated during the Jubilee primaries including Omanga, Karen Nyamu, Waweru and Johnson Sakaja, who captured the Jubilee ticket, to contest the Nairobi Senate seat.