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Sonko’s case collapses as election petition is withdrawn

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko can heave a sigh of relief after petitioners in the case challenging his win withdrew the petition Tuesday.

The shock move came a day after the petitioners alleged that they were threatened.

Mr Japheth Muroko, through his lawyer Anthony Oluoch, claimed he and his family received the threats on Saturday.

He said he had gone to the police this morning to record a statement and would provide an OB number, if required.

The lawyer pleaded with Justice Msagha Mbogholi to adjourn the case for one day. He declined.

Muroko and his co-petitioner Zacheus Okoth had wanted Sonko’s win nullified over irregularities and bribery among other allegations.

But on Tuesday, Mr Muroko said in an affidavit filed in court that he was withdrawing the petition on free will and on his own volition and security reasons.

In his ruling, Justice Mbogholi struck out the petition and ordered the petitioners to pay the governor and IEBC Sh5 million.

The court said the case was struck out for want of prosecution.