Nominated Member of Parliament Johnson Sakaja has dropped out of the Nairobi governor race and turned his parliamentary ambitions to the senate seat.

He will vie for Mike Sonko’s seat after presenting his nomination papers on Thursday.

Sakaja held a press conference after his papers were accepted at Jubilee Party’s headquarters in Pangani.

Sakaja’s announcement comes a day after Gatanga legislator Peter Kenneth presented his nomination papers for the governor seat.

Kenneth said he will battle it out with his fierce opponents during the nominations and that his goal is to ensure Jubilee leads the county and is well represented at the assembly.

“Our goal as aspirants for Nairobi governor is to remove [Evans] Kidero. We must achieve this. Any sideshow is not for our taking,” he told journalists.

“We have seen Nairobi deteriorating daily… We will deal with Kidero conclusively on August 8 to end his atrocities.”

Others in the race for governor are Senator Mike Sonko, Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru, former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru, Water CS Eugene Wamalwa, former National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende, Raila Odinga’s former aide Miguna Miguna and Esther Passaris.