Uganda’s leading opposition party (at least as per the last general election) Forum for democratic change (FDC) has announced Patrick Oboi Amuriat (POA) as it’s Presidential flag bearer in the upcoming 2021 general elections.
The current party President (on the left in the picture) sailed through unopposed after the withdrawal of his lone opponent Ambassador Wasswa Birigwa (on the right in the picture) just minutes before the delegates conference whose main agenda was electing Presidential flag bearers.
“I saw what happened to our party in 2016 (last elections) and I am one who enjoys cohesion. So for the good of the party, I stand down and endorse POA” said Birigwa who had in fact been invited to the podium for final vote canvassing.
At his turn to address the over 300 delegates at the party head offices at Najjanankumbi, an emotional POA first broke down but recovered with renewed energy.
“The junta enjoys government with his 1% cronies while 99% of the population are suffering poverty, poor health service delivery, and poor education,” said POA to much applause.
POA also hailed his mentor Kizza Besigye; former FDC flag bearer of four failed attempts for nurturing him into who he is now.
POA now waits for nominations next month to enter a race that has over 30 intending candidates.
Though many are expected to drop out, the sure bets to be on the ballot paper are incumbent Yoweri Museveni of the national resistance party who has ruled since 1986, and Robert Kyagulanyi AKA Bobi Wine with his national unity platform.
Uganda goes to the poll every five years with the constitution demarcating the first 30 days of the last 122 days with Ugandans likely to elect new office bearers between 10 January and 8 February.