Lugari Member of Parliament Ayub Savula has thrown Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid under the bus with his recent claims that Election Act does not allow the DP to vie for the country’s top seat.
The lawmaker challenged the second in command to step aside before the 2022 general elections if he wants to run for the president or he is not the next president when he is still serving as the Deputy President amid his fallout with his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Savula noted that he has no problem with DP Ruto’s political and personal affairs, adding that the only issue is that DP Ruto is still in the government yet the DP had earlier informed that he is no longer in the ruling Jubilee Party, which elevated him to power.
Speaking during an interview in Shinyalu, Kakamega count on Monday 26 July, the lawmaker alleged that DP Ruto is not following the constitutional due process, revealing that his agreement with the Head of State is shattered.
The lawmaker stated that the Deputy President has no choice but to vacate the deputy president’s seat when he wants to continue with his presidential ambition and equally quit the Jubilee party and join United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party according to the Election Act.
“I telling you my in-laws, I am a Pastor`s son, Ruto will not compete as a Presidential candidate when he is still a Deputy President. Their marriage with Uhuru has a broken, but when they come back to each other, we might think otherwise,”
“Election Act states that you must belong to a party, Ruto will not be in Jubilee Party, and when he joins UDA, he will not be a party member in Jubilee and will not be a deputy president. He will have to regain. That is the fact,” Savula stated.
Savula further added that DP Ruto should reconsider joining hands with the President again as they might think twice about supporting his presidential ambition, asserting that there will be challenges when Kenya approaches the next general polls.