I will support whoever beats me in Jubilee nominations – DP Ruto

I will support whoever beats me in Jubilee nominations - DP Ruto
Deputy President William Ruto speaking at a function in Embu on Thursday, October 25, 2018. PHOTO| CITIZEN DIGITAL

Deputy President William Ruto now says he will support whoever beats him in the 2022 Jubilee Party presidential nominations.

The DP says since the party was founded on democracy, candidates running for various seats should accept the outcome of the process when that time comes.

Speaking at his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu County when he met delegations from Bomet and Vihiga Counties, Ruto said time has come when losers accept the outcome of elections, in the name of democracy.

“I will compete with those who will be in Jubilee. And I am ready to support whoever will be democratically elected in the nominations. I also expect that if I emerge the winner, my competitors should also support me. That is democracy,” said Ruto.

He also ruled out the party issuing automatic ticket to candidates in the 2022 polls.

“There will be no direct nomination tickets in Jubilee be it for the MCA, MP, Senator or Governor seats. Even myself who will be vying for presidency I don’t expect a direct ticket,” added the deputy president.

The deputy president’s remarks come in the wake of a brewing storm in the Jubilee Party sparked by its vice chairman David Murathe.

Speaking at a public function in Vihiga County on Wednesday, December 26, Murathe said there was no agreement that the Mount Kenya political bloc would endorse Ruto’s candidature in the 2022 elections.

“We have no MoU with anyone that we will support them in 2022. If he has any deal with Uhuru Kenyatta, then that is an agreement between the two of them,” said Murathe referring to Ruto.

Amid the contention sparked by Murathe’s controversial remarks, Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju came out to state that Deputy President William Ruto is not the party’s automatic choice to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.

Tuju insisted that the choice of candidate is governed by the party’s constitution which makes no mention of an automatic presidential ticket as postulated by DP Ruto’s allies.

“Even President Uhuru Kenyatta… It was not automatic that he was going to be the party candidate as at the time we were going for elections. We had to have a national delegates conference…” said Tuju in an interview with Citizen TV.

Leaders who attended the meeting included Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso, Bomet Senator Christopher Langat, Women Representative Joyce Korir, Nominated Senator Alice Milgo and MPs Dominic Kosgey, Brighton Yegon, Gideon Koskei and Beatrice Kones.

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