Several people have shown interest in becoming possible candidates to replace impeached governor Mike Sonko.

Former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru, 2013 presidential candidate Peter Kenneth and Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) national secretariat co-chairman Dennis Waweru are among the politicians alleged to be eyeing the seat.

Businesswoman Agnes Kagure, former Nairobi City Council Clerk Philip Kisia and former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo are also interested in the coveted position.

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and Nickson Kiprotich, who according to the Nation is Deputy President William Ruto’s preferred choice.

Handshake politics

Speculation is also rife that Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director-General Mohamed Badi, would be best-placed to lead Nairobi after the recent changes he has overseen at NMS.

Being a cosmopolitan county with a big chunk of youthful voters, pundits say party politics and the age factor will play a role in deciding the election winner.

With the 'Handshake' at stake, ODM Party might be persuaded to support a Jubilee candidate since the incumbent was from the Uhuru Kenyatta led party.

Such an arrangement is not alien since the handshake came into being, with the two parties striking a similar deal in August when Mr Mutura was supported by ODM in return for deputy speaker’s position.