The Jubilee Party has pulled out of the forthcoming Msambweni Constituency by-election in a move that could further deepen simmering differences within the ruling party.
Announcing the decision, Jubilee Party Secretary-General Rafael Tuju said the party had opted not to field a candidate for the by-election to allow the country to deal with serious matters that require sobriety.
Tuju saying the move was advised by the unprecedented corporation between Jubilee and ODM parties on matters of national importance.
“….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,” said Tuju.
But the development appears to have rattled Jubilee Deputy Party leader William Ruto who returned back to the party headquarters shortly after the decision was announced.
The Deputy President had on Tuesday made a surprise visit to Jubilee party headquarters in what appeared to be a change of tact in efforts aimed at addressing growing mistrust within the party.
The DP remained coy on his mission at the party headquarters only saying that he was attending to party matters.
The decision to withdraw from the mini-poll could come as a blow to jubilee party aspirants who were banking on the party’s support to win the seat. The Jubilee National Elections Board had issued notice to members on the 18th of September requiring them to submit their applications by noon Thursday.
The Msambweni seat was left vacant after the demise of ODM Legislator Suleiman Ramadhani Dori.