Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya has dismissed reports circulating on social media claiming that he plans to ditch Jubilee for the opposition.

Mvurya who decamped from ODM to the ruling Jubilee coalition last year, reaffirmed his resolve to defend his seat on the ruling party’s ticket.

“I will defend my seat on a Jubilee ticket on August 8. The information being circulated bearing my picture is false,” Mvurya said in response to the claims about his defection back to the opposition.

Reports on Twitter had indicated that the governor was about to go back to the opposition allegedly because Jubilee had failed to deliver on its promises.

It was also claimed that Mvurya had apologized to the public for having abandoned the party that sponsored him for the gubernatorial seat. “Jubilee promised us goodies but we have been short-changed. It’s never late to go back home for the interest of my people. Accept my apologies,” says the post sent via Twitter and copied on the Governor’s Facebook account.

His defection to Jubilee has left the Orange party leadership in the region grappling with the challenge of identifying a suitable candidate for the governor’s post in the 2017 polls.

While some have fronted County Assembly Speaker Mr. Sammy Ruwa, others are considering Plan International Country Director, Uganda, Mr. Issah Chipera and Kenya’s Ambassador to Tanzania Mr. Chirau Ali Mwakwere.

Others in the race include former PS Mohammed Wamwachai, Gereza Dena  and ODM’s Nicholas Zani.