Their reign appeared assured after the High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition that had been lodged by two voters challenging the election of Mr Sonko. This was not to be as signs of an uneasy relationship have been visible since the day they were sworn in.
When press reports emerged that the governor was unhappy with his deputy, he publicly revealed a series of WhatsApp conversations he had with Mr Igathe to prove all was well. But to keen observers the Mr Igathe’s responses to queries from his boss showed a subdued and subservient deputy governor.
A source at City Hall said the resignation came as a surprise to all including State House and his supporters. “This was a surprise to even me. State House and the governor did not expect this,” said the source
Friday’s resignation was a culmination of private sulking by Mr Sonkos aides that powers beyond him have been making decisions for his nascent administration.
From choice of deputy governor, election of county Speaker, nomination of county secretary and Mr Sonko’s manoeuvres, sources claimed everything appeared to be remote-controlled from State House.
Although his support for President Kenyatta has never been in question, his aides now say he is increasingly feeling managed, way beyond his comfort.
Mr Sonko’s aides, who did not wish to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter, said they felt he was no longer his own boss as he had to work closely with national government.
Last year when Jubilee set out to capture the seat from ODM’s Evans Kidero, Deputy President William Ruto stated that Nairobi would be led by a Jubilee governor no matter the circumstances.
Soon after Jubilee won the governors seat, including the majority in the county assembly, the ground under Mr Sonko’s feet is said to have started to shifting. Jubilee MCAs were instructed by President Kenyatta to elect former nominated senator Beatrice Elachi as their Speaker. Now it is emerging Mr Sonko was not consulted.
Additional reporting by Lillian Mutavi