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Gogonyo By-Elections; FDC Backs Out To Support NUP

Gogonyo By-Elections; FDC Backs Out To Support NUP

On Wednesday, 3rd August, 2022, the Forum for Democratic Change, said thy had forfeited its intent to involve in the Gogonyo by-elections.

The party revealed that it will be redirecting all its efforts towards supporting NUP candidate Joseph Okoboi Opolot. Opolot is vying to become the Gogonyo County Member of Parliament.

The decision comes after court throwing out Gogonyo County Member of Parliament Derrick Orone over election malpractice.

The Electoral Commission has since nominated a number of candidates for the Gogonyo by-elections that are due to take place on August 11, 2022.

“We wish to thank the NUP for the support and solidarity exhibited in the just concluded by-election of Soroti East, which we strongly state that we won massively. Therefore, following the collaboration between us and the NUP, we have deliberately withdrawn our candidate to offer support to Opolot,” FDC said in a statement.

Some of the candidates who have been nominated include Taligola, Orone and Opolot.

NUP former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu together with Dr. Kizza Besigye, former FDC Presidential candidate, joined to campaign for the FDC candidate Moses Attan last month. This was for the Soroti City East Constituency by-election.

However, they lost the heated election to NRM’s candidate Herbert Edmund Ariko.

While campaigning, Kyagulanyi said, “sacrifice is a part of unity. The first thing we need to sacrifice is our egos. There was no need for NUP to have a candidate in Soroti because we are a people power, meaning we listen to the voice of the people.” 

Soroti East by-election

In separate news recently published by NEWSLEXPOINT.com, opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), said it had started compiling evidence in the by-election in Soroti East with which they will petition court challenging the results.

Christine Eyu, the Soroti District returning officer declared Mr. Herbert Edmund Ariko from NRM as the winner of the by-election. He garnered 9,257 votes against Mr. Moses Attan Okia (FDC) who got 8,544.

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