Only a day after DP William Ruto announced that he was backing Jubilee’s plan not to field a candidate for the vacant Msambweni parliamentary seat, he on Thursday, met Feisal Abdallah Bader who is an aspirant for the Msambweni seat at Karen, Nairobi County.
He was accompanied by Coast MPs Athman Shariff (Lamu East), Moha JichoPevu (Nyali), Owen Baya (Kilifi North), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga) and Aisha Jumwa (Malindi).
The details of their meeting are still scanty by the look of things, Ruto has already found the horse he will backup for the by election.
Abdallah Bader who was a PA to the late MP will be battling it out for the seat alongside 10 others who expressed interest in the political seat.
The meeting came a day after a statement signed by the party secretary-general Raphael Tuju stated that the party had received numerous enquiries from potential aspirants but opted not to front any candidate.
The decision not to participate, according to SG Tuju was informed by the recent advisory by CJ David Maraga that Parliament should be dissolved.
Additionally, Tuju stated that the party also considered the cooperation between Jubilee and ODM in Parliament.
“Given that this was an ODM seat, the decision has been made that Jubilee will not field a candidate in the interest of the bigger picture,” read an excerpt from the Jubilee party statement.
A disgruntled Ruto on Wednesday, expressed his disappointment following Tuju’s announcement since the DP was ready to unveil Sharlet Mariam, a former ODM party member as the substantive Jubilee candidate for the by-election.
He expressed his opinion that the ruling party should have participated in the by-election instead of offering to support ODM candidate.
“I was of a different view on the party fielding a candidate in Msambweni but because a decision has already been made and communicated to the public, we will all stand by that decision that those who had intentions of vying on a Jubilee ticket in Msambweni will now look for alternatives may be run as independent candidates or in other political parties,” the DP said.