ODM candidate for Bungoma gubernatorial seat in the August elections Mr Alfred Khang'ati has said he will campaign for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.
Mr Khang’ati said he was unhappy with the way ODM leader Raila Odinga treated him in the run up to the elections, which he lost to Ford-Kenya candidate Wycliffe Wangamati.
Speaking on Tuesday at Centrica Hotel in Bungoma town after meeting with Jubilee MPs including Dan Wanyama (Webuye West) and John Waluke (Sirisia), Mr Khang'ati said he has convinced ODM members in the region to back Jubilee Party.
"We are tired of being played by our party leader Raila Odinga and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang'ula. All ODM aspirants in Bungoma were not assisted financially or morally by our party leaders or coalition partners in the last elections," he said.
He said it is not compulsory for ODM members in Bungoma to campaign for Mr Odinga in the October 17 elections.
"We have got a life to live we can't be chained by two individuals, Wetang'ula has been favoured by Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga to run his campaigns in Bungoma County. ODM leaders here have no business being flower girls in a wedding to be conducted mid-October," said Mr Khang'ati, who came third in the gubernatorial contest.
He said they are finalising consultations that will see them cross over to Jubilee Party.
The MPs present at the meeting said Mr Khang’ati has agreed to work with them in campaigning for President Kenyatta.
"Khang'ati and other elected ODM MCAs have agreed to work with us so that we make sure that Jubilee retains power," said Mr Wanyama.
Mr Khang’ati has been joined by Bungoma Amani National Congress woman representative candidate Kellan Wavomba, who had already announced her defection to Jubilee after losing the race to Ford Kenya’s Catherine Wambilianga.