Ruto: CORD is scared of losing the 2017 elections

Deputy President William Ruto
Deputy President William Ruto

Deputy President William Ruto has said that the current threats by CORD coalition to boycott the 2017 elections are due to fear of losing in the polls.

Speaking during a fundraiser for women in Isiolo North, Ruto said the opposition was afraid of being defeated by Jubilee in the elections and they were looking for “an early exit from humiliation”.

“You can see our opponents have sensed defeat and now they are withdrawing,” he said.

In a bid to address the growing unrest in Jubilee over party identity, Ruto stated that candidates in coalition will contest the 2017 General Election under the newly formed Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP).

Ruto also praised wives of women MPs for joining hands to empower each other.

He urged residents of Isiolo to report any suspicious individuals in the area as well as report anyone who has joined the Al Shaabab militia.

The DP urged leaders of Isiolo to resolve their political differences and work in harmony.

MPs who had accompanied the Ruto also accused CORD of cowardice saying their threat to withdraw from the 2017 elections was inconsequential.

They accused the opposition of using the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission as an excuse but the real reason was that the party had sensed defeat.

The MPs said the Government will not waste time on sideshows and will continue with the development record.

They said that CORD leader Raila Odinga played a critical role in the formation of the IEBC including influencing who was appointed in the commission when he was a coalition partner of former President Kibaki.

The legislators present include Jimmy Angwenyi (Kitutu Chache North), Dennis Waweru (Dagoreti South) Janet Nangabo (Trans Nzoia), David Pkosing (Pokot South), Rachel Shebesh (Nairobi), Mary Emase (Teso South), Bonface Otsiula (Bumula) and John Munuve (Mwingi North).

Others were Abdul Rahim Dawood (Imenti North), Stephen Ngare (Ndia), Mutahi Kimaru (Laikipia East), Tiya Galgalo (Isiolo), Daniel Nanok, Fatuma Dullo (nominated) Mohammed Adan (Mandera) Banticha Abdullahi (Isiolo South) and Joseph Samal (Isiolo North).

Governor Godana Doyo and his Deputy Haasan Gulled were also present.

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