The Jubilee Party continued to enhance its strength in Western region, after receiving the immediate ODM parliamentary candidate for Likuyani constituency.
Deberious Wafula Shikuku, who vied for the seat in the August 8 general election, officially announced his defection to the ruling coalition Saturday at Soy trading centre.
Shinyalu MP, Bernard Shinali represented President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee Party at the defection ceremony.
In his defection speech, Shikuku explained some of the reasons that made him to switch parties, key among them being the similarities between his personal manifesto and that of Jubilee Party.
What Kenyans need is a blueprint that would lead the country to tangible economic growth and development for increased sources of livelihoods and improved living standards, noted Shikuku, who praised the ruling party’s manifesto, saying it had explained properly how this could be achieved through sound structures.
He dismissed as propaganda claims that Jubilee Party was misusing the taxpayers’ money in buying self-centred losers from the recent national polls who vied through the National Super Alliance (NASA).
My decision to Join President Uhuru Kenyatta’s team is purely personal and has not been influenced by any external forces, Shikuku told members of press at the function.
He promised to team up with other Jubilee Party leaders in the Sub County to ensure the President and his Deputy William Ruto received majority votes in the October 26 presidential elections.
Shinali thanked Shikuku following his bold decision to join the ruling party, adding it was a confirmation of the growing popularity of the party in western region.
The President has identified Shikuku among the leading Kenyan youths with sound economic development vision, thus the desire to have him on board, said Shinali as he delivered the president’s message to the locals.
He assured residents that the president would soon visit the area personally, where he would launch several development projects.
Several other politicians who vied for elective seats through other parties joined Shikuku in embracing Jubilee Party.
Stephen Kisaka who failed to capture Likuyani’s parliamentary seat via Jubilee Party also praised the defectors, noting their collective decision would enable the ruling party implement its economic and political agenda in the area with much ease.
During the last general elections, Dr. Enoch Kibugunchy retained the parliamentary seat on a Ford Kenya ticket.
Source: Kenya News Agency