The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Dispute Resolution Committee has thrown out the petition against the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition’s Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Polycarp Igathe.
The committee dismissed the petition filed by one George Bush on Wednesday citing the lack of merit and evidence.
"The committee abides that there is no evidence or material placed before it to fault the decision of the CRO regarding the registration of the interested party. And the committee hereof upholds the CRO’s decision with respect to the complaint in this matter," the ruling read.
Bush petitioned for the disqualification of Igathe from the Nairobi gubernatorial race on account of absconding duty when he was the Deputy Governor for Nairobi between May 2018 and January 2018.
He further claimed that Nairobi City residents were subjected to suffering when Igathe stepped down from his position and the situation was compounded by former Governor Mike Sonko’s impeachment.
Igathe resigned on January 12, 2018, following a fallout with his then-boss Sonko saying he had failed to gain the then-city boss’ trust.
Igathe remains cleared to contest for the Nairobi governor’s seat meanwhile, his chief competitor from the Kenya Kwanza Alliance Johnson Sakaja is facing hurdles related to his academic credentials.
Sakaja’s candidature hangs on a thread and the committee is yet to give directions over the matter even as the Commission for University Education (CUE) has revoked the recognition revokes his Bachelor of Science in Management (external) degree.