On the same day that Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala was found with two million shillings, in hard currency, at a polling station in yesterday’s Matungu by-election, fueling suspicions of voter bribery, the ANC Deputy Secretary General and Lugari MP Ayub Sabula has now come out to reveal the secret weapon that the party employed in order to win the hotly contested race by a considerable margin.
The ANC party stalwart was talking to KTN in the aftermath of the by-election, as IEBC officials were preparing to announce the winner, when he was asked what specific strategy the party used to ensure that they retained the seat that was left vacant after the death of Justus Murunga.
Sabula explained that the key to their success was coordination. He revealed that each major ANC leader had been assigned a ward, and using himself as an example, he gave the ward he was in charge of. He said that their earlier tact of concentrating on major county rallies had blocked them from reaching down to the common mwananchi, but their more targeted approach had seemed to work this time.
According to results released by the IEBC, Nabulindo was able to manage 14,257 votes against those of his closest competitor, Were, who could only manage 10,565 votes. Alex Kakai, who was running on a UDA ticket, a party linked with the Deputy President, came a distant third with 5,513 votes.
Mudavadi, Wetang’ula, Kanu’s Gideon Moi and Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyioka jointly campaigned for ANC and Ford Kenya candidates in Matungu and Kabuchai constituencies.
Jubilee failed to field a candidate in the mini polls, but also failed to endorse any other party’s candidate, instead, saying that they would seat out the contest in the spirit of their cooperation with NASA parties.
Kanu and Wiper did not field candidates in the polls and instead opted to support ANC and Ford Kenya as part of their plan to consolidate their votes as they craft an alliance for 2022 elections