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Jubilee Party’s Secretary General Raphael Tuju speaks on working with DP Ruto ahead of 2022 elections

Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju on Monday, April 12, 2021 revealed a possibility of the ruling party teaming up with Deputy President William Ruto ahead of 2022 general elections.

In his statement, the former Rarieda Member of Parliament said that the chance of the ruling party working with DP Ruto could not be ruled out.

“Perhaps yes, perhaps no, I am loyal but I have a mind of my own. I articulate my views and my positions without fear because I see things differently,” Tuju stated.

The Jubilee party Secretary General said that he does not have personal relationship issues with the Deputy President apart from his opinion over the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) adding that he is still the Jubilee Deputy party leader.

“We don’t have a personal relationship problem with Ruto, the only issue that seems to be having a different opinion is in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). That’s the only area of contention, otherwise, he is still the deputy party leader,” Tuju stated.

This comes amid talks that the second in command was considering forming an alliance with ODM leader Raila Odinga. 

Tuju downplayed the Jubilee party’s plan to remove DP Ruto as the Deputy party leader stating that the decision remained at the hands of the ruling party’s National Executive Council (NEC). 

“The NEC itself is the one that can pronounce itself on this issue and I cannot speculate which way the body will decide,” Tuju stated.

Ruto had stated during an interview that he would vie for the 2022 presidential seat with a UDA ticket if the wrangles within the Jubilee party continue.

“If it gets to a point where they do not want us to be there in Jubilee, then we must have a different plan. You cannot wait to hit a wall. Going forward, if there is no agreement, then we will plan ourselves with UDA. We have built UDA in partnership with Jubilee. It is not us starting afresh. We are just going on with what we already have,” Ruto stated.

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