Kabogo withdraws from running for president in 2022
Tujibebe Wakenya party leader and former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo on Wednesday withdrew his interest in running for president in the upcoming 2022 general elections.
In a statement, Kabogo says he reached the decision after consulting widely from his supporters who cautioned him that 2022 will be a two-horse race between ODM leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto.
"After wide consultations and soul searching, I have withdrawn from running for presidency after my supporters convinced me that it will be a two-horse race between Raila Odinga and DP Ruto," Kabogo stated.
The ex-governor had announced his presidential bid in May where he stated he was in the process of preparing to succeed president Uhuru Kenyatta.
"I don't agree with President Uhuru Kenyatta that the Kikuyu community should not field a presidential candidate next year. I don't think someone should look at me in terms of a community. I am an individual candidate and my name will be on the ballot," he stated in May.
"Mt Kenya region can produce a presidential candidate after which we can negotiate with other leaders as we head into 2022," he added then.
In 2017, Kabogo unsuccessfully vied for the Kiambu gubernatorial seat as an independent candidate after missing out on the Jubilee ticket which went to Ferdinand Waititu.