Jubilee Party on Wednesday, September 23, announced that it would not field a candidate for the Msambweni parliamentary by-election, which fell vacant after the death of ODM legislator Suleiman Ramadhan Dori.
Through a statement to newsrooms, the party indicated that it had received numerous enquiries from potential aspirants but opted not to front any candidate.
“The decision not to engage in the contest is informed by the facts prevailing at the moment when we face challenges like the recent advisory by the Chief Justice that Parliament should be dissolved,” reads the statement in part.
Before his untimely demise, Dori had been suspended and later resigned from the Orange party after he was accused of fraternizing with the enemy.
The late MP and his Malindi counterpart Aisha Jumwa fell out with the party after declaring support for Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions.
The statement, signed by secretary-general Raphael Tuju, indicated that there were serious constitutional matters to deal with that would require sobriety to deal with.
In addition, Tuju stated that the party had also considered the coopration 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,” reads an excerpt from the statement.
Further, Tuju stated that the announcement had been made in time so that aspirants who had interest in a Jubilee ticket could find other pathways to run for the seat.
Earlier, the party had asked members of the party interested in the Msambweni Constituency, Kahawa Wendani, Lakeview, Kisumu North, Wundayi/Mbale and Dabaso in Kiambu, Nakuru, Kisumu, Taita Taveta and Kilifi County legislative seats to submit their applications.
In the statement, the party indicated that the Jubilee Party Director of Elections would receive the applications before Thursday, September 24.
Their statement came days after the Orange Democratic Movement Party issued a statement on five upcoming by-elections including that of Msambweni.