Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has demanded Sh30 Million in a petition filed to challenge his victory in the August elections.
In an application filed in the High Court on Thursday, Sonko claimed that the petition by two voters, Japhet Muroko and Zacheus Okoth Oliech, was incompetent and a gross abuse of the court process.
The Governor argued that the second petitioner, Mr Oliech, had not provided his name and address of service which was in fatal violation of the election rules 2017.
He further claimed that the failure to add his Deputy Governor, Polycarp Igathe, as a respondent proved fatal to the petition.
Sonko requested the court not to continue with the hearing of the petition arguing that it has no basis in law.
[caption caption="Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko with Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe"][/caption]
“It would not serve the great public interest vesting in the Nairobi County residents to proceed any further with the fatally defective petition,” Sonko stated.
“I protest at the petitioners insidious trampling on my Deputy Governor's right to be fairly heard in this petition,” he added.
High Court Judge Mbogholi Msagha directed that the application be served upon the applicants who are to appear on December 4 for the hearing of the said application.
Muroko and Oliech filed the petition challenging Sonko’s win in August on grounds that the election was not conducted in a credible manner.
Mr Muroko claimed that there was massive non-compliance with the Constitution and Election Laws.
[caption caption="Japheth Muroko with lawyer Antony oluoch and Brian Weke"][/caption]
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