By BENSON NYAGESIB
Jubilee Party received a boost after 45 ODM MCA aspirants who lost in the nominations defected to the party.
The lot vowed to back President Uhuru Kenyatta during the August 8 polls which the latter is facing off with Raila Odinga of NASA.
The defectors included those running as independents and others from small parties affiliated to Jubilee in Kisii and Nyamira counties.
Nairobi senator aspirant Johnson Sakaja received the leaders at Water Park Hotel in the outskirts of Kisii town.
He said the party is confident that Uhuru will garner 70 per cent of the vote compared to the 2013’s 50.07 per cent win.
“Today is a big day because Jubilee has received a major boost ahead of the August polls,” Sakaja said.
“I welcome all of you to the presidential campaign team,” he told the defectors.
Politician James Ogutu said they made the decision to back Uhuru because of his development record.
“The Jubilee administration has appointed our sons and daughters to senior positions, the recent being the appointment of Education CS Fred Matiangi as the acting Interior CS after the sudden demise of Joseph Nkaissery.”
Samuel Nyangeso – who is coordinating Uhuru’s campaigns in both counties and nominated Senator Martha Wangari were present.
Others were Kisii Jubilee woman rep aspirant Dorice Aburi and Antony Kibagendi, who lost in Kitutu Chache South ODM primaries.
Nyangeso praised the leaders for their bold move and exuded confidence that the president will get many votes in the region.
“You have made a bold move which will see the head of state score more votes come August 8,” Nyangeso said.
He urged the team to concentrate their energies on ensuring victory for the President within the remaining 28 days.
Nyangeso, Aburi, and Kibagendi expressed confidence Jubilee will win 10 out of the 13 parliamentary seats in Kisii.
The group later addressed youth at the same venue where they told them that the country’s destiny lay in their hands.
They urged them to make informed decisions on the election day.