Amani National Congress (ANC) Deputy Party Leader Ayub Savula has admitted that the party embarrassed itself in the Kibra by-election, where it fronted Eliud Owalo.
In the race, three of the four-member parties of the National Super Alliance (NASA) namely; ANC, Ford Kenya and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) fielded candidates.
Savula now says that the party lost it when it went into the poll merely to embarrass ODM leader Raila Odinga, given that he (Raila) considers the constituency his political bedrock.
Speaking on Friday, he said that ANC lost for insulting Raila rather than focusing on wooing the voters, which might have angered the voters, majority of whom are Raila's supporters.
“We engaged the wrong gear. We lost the plot when we decided to abuse Raila in his own ‘bedroom’ instead of being persuasive to the voters,” he told the Standard.
The Lugari lawmaker was referring to the exchange that was witnessed between his party leader Musalia Mudavadi and Raila in the course of the campaigns.
Mudavadi at some point, while campaigning for Eliud Owalo, accused Raila of seeking the help of corrupt politicians with his campaigns, also bashing him for terming Kibra his bedroom.
ODM's Imran Okoth won the seat, beating Jubilee Party's McDonald Mariga, ANC's Owalo and Ford Kenya's Khamisi Butichi and 20 other candidates.