President Uhuru Kenyatta has drummed up support for ODM party leader Raila Odinga, saying leadership is not sprint.
Sprinting is running over a short distance at the top-most speed for a limited period of time.
Speaking on Wednesday, after conferring city status to Nakuru, Uhuru said Kenyans should elect a marathoner.
"Vijana punguzeni speed, uongozi sio sprint, ni marathon. Mzee atakanyaga pole pole akupite ukiwa bado kwa barabara," he said.
This translates to, "Youths, don't rush. Don't come with speed.. speed will lead to your downfall. You'd rather come slowly but reach your goal."
Uhuru said the youth should not be made to believe that while some are young, others are too old for the presidency.
"Ukiambiwa huyu ni mzee tunahitaji kijana... mtu anachagua na ubongo wake... Uongozi sio mpira wa kuchezwa kwa uwanja, uongozi ni marathon sio sprint. Wewe kijana utakimbia speed ufike pale pumzi iishe....mzee akuje pole pole akupite mos mos," he said.
This translates to, "If you are told that a certain person is too old and a young leader is needed, think for yourself. Leadership is not football to be played in the field. It's a marathon, not a sprint."
The President asked Kenyans to seek peace, not violence.