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Senator Kuti quits Jubilee as party loses key northern Kenya stalwarts

The governor said more than five other aspirants in Isiolo who were to seek Jubilee Party ticket have also moved to PDR. He did not name them, and Dr Kuti is likely among them.

By Phillip MuleeThursday, 20 Apr 2017 14:06 EAT

Mr Kuti's letter informing the party of his resignation.

Isiolo Senator Dr Mohammed Kuti has resigned from the Jubilee Party which he would have used to vie for the gubernatorial seat in the county. Even though he has not named the party he will join, he resigned the same day Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo confirmed that he will not participate in Jubilee Party nominations as he has decamped to the Party of Development and Reforms (PDR).

Dr Kuti in the resignation letter (above) dated April 17, says he will not participate in the Jubilee nomination, but does not say whether he is joining PDR. Yesterday Mr Doyo ditched Jubilee for PDR, but said his new party is "Jubilee-friendly". “I was concerned over mechanisms put in place to manage party affairs, especially in Isiolo County.

"We have witnessed total confusion as we head towards nominations in the county, with other aspirants finding alternative parties because they fear that proper mechanisms have not been put in place to offer credible nominations as promised,” Mr Doyo told the Daily Nation. The governor said more than five other aspirants in Isiolo who were to seek Jubilee Party ticket have also moved to PDR. He did not name them, and Dr Kuti is likely among them.

Governor Doyo was battling it out with two other top giants in the Jubilee nominations, including Dr Kuti and former Tana and Athi River Development Authority chairman Abdul Bahari. The governor said he decided to jump ship because of concerns about Jubilee structures and transparency, especially at the county level, during the primaries.

The governor, who wants to defend his seat against six other aspirants, said he was not comfortable with the fact that sitting governors were also subjected to the nominations. “We (Jubilee governors) had suggested that it was not fair to treat the incumbents the same way as other aspirants who are not busy managing the affairs of the counties,” added Mr Doyo.

The governor said he made the decision after consulting his supporters and said he supports President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in the August 8 polls. Mr Doyo was elected to the governor's seat on a URP ticket in the 2013 election.

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