Deputy President William Ruto on Wednesday issued a statement indicating that he accepts Jubilee’s position not to field a candidate in Msambweni by-election, but has a different view of the issue.

According to DP Ruto, he was of the opinion that the party should field a candidate, especially since his ally Sharlet Mariam Akinyi Onyango had expressed interest in contesting for the seat on a Jubilee party ticket.

“We have held a meeting with the SG (Raphael Tuju) on the decision made. I am satisfied with the decision. Those who had intentions to use Jubilee Party in Msambweni to use alternative avenues. I was of a completely different view that the party should have fielded a candidate. We want to speak from one position as a party, I, however, sympathize with Mariam who is here,” he said.

In a series of tweet after the meeting, DP Ruto noted that as a party, the aim of Jubilee has always been to expand and not fold up.

“We appreciate that the politics of our country is better conversed in political outfits with a national outlook. Since the will of the people is supreme, Jubilee has accorded every Kenyan an opportunity to democratically express themselves by participating in elections… Hence, we are not folding but expanding this party to ensure that it participates, as it should, in every other poll,” he tweeted.

Jubilee Pulls out of Mswambweni by-election         

Meanwhile, the Jubilee Party on Wednesday announced that it will not field any candidate in the Msambweni by-election meaning that all candidates who had expressed interest in using the party’s ticket have been locked out.