“As you recall, I stood in the previous election on the platform of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party. However, on account of the irreconcilable differences in the party and the failure by my current party leadership to appreciate my contribution to the party, I shall NOT seek re-election on the ticket of the party (FDC)”, Ariko’s press statement reads in part.
Oboi, the former Member of Parliament for Kumi County, trounced Maj. Gen Gregory Mugisha Muntu, to emerge leader of the biggest opposition party in Uganda. He polled 641 votes against Muntus 463 in elections held at Mandela national stadium, Namboole. The other candidates in the race were activist Moses Byamugisha and Dan Matsiko.
The nomination exercise follows the end of the first term of office of the current president Maj. Gen Gregory Mugisha Muntu who took over from Dr Kizza Besigye in 2012. Muntu who is seeking another term of office will be tussling with five other contenders.
The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is working on an eight-month programme to introduce new party structures. FDC Secretary General Alice Alaso tells Uganda Radio Network that this will include positions right from the grassroots to the national level with the exception of the party President.
The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has called off the Interim National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that was supposed to sit on Friday to address the current crisis in the party. The meeting was to hold final deliberations and vote on whether new Presidential elections are to be held next year after the November 2012 polls that brought Major General Mugisha Muntu into office were contested by some party members.
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi says that the top Forum for Democratic Changeâ€”FDC party officials rallying behind Major General Mugisha Muntu have refused to give him accountability.
Major General Mugisha Muntu, one of the candidates for the Forum for Democratic Change presidency, has rubbished reports of party supporters engaging in rebel activities. Muntu, a former army commander, says Government is using the rebel recruitment claims to destabilize the forthcoming FDC party polls.
Muntu, who started his campaigns today in Kabarole district says that his rivals are telling party delegates not to vote him, because he is soft spoken, less charismatic and non- confrontational. However, Muntu says that the party members should not judge him by the way he speaks, but by the decisions he has taken while he served the country and as party member.