Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) will team up with the National Unity Platform (NUP) in the Gogonyo County by-election as a way of uniting efforts to defeat the National Resistance Movement (NRM) which is proving to be unbreakable in these emerging by-elections.
The Najjanankubi-based FDC out of courtesy and thankfulness for NUP’s support in the recently held Soroti City East by-election didn’t field a candidate to contest in the Gogonyo County by-election.
“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!” FDC announced.
“Therefore, following the collaboration between us and NUP, we have deliberately withdrawn our candidate to offer support to Okoboi Joseph Opolot the NUP candidate in the Gogonyo county by-election in Pallisa district due to take place on 11th August 2022,” FDC added wishing NUP luck.
In Soroti, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the president of NUP, teamed up with FDC honchos to campaign for Moses Okia Attan, the FDC candidate. Unfortunately, the Electoral Commission (EC), after vote tallying, announced NRM’s Herbert Edmund Ariko winner, a decision FDC heavily contests.
The Gogonyo Country seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal ruled that the incumbent Derrick Orone was 2021 irregularly elected following a petition by his rival Issa Bantalib Taligola.
Taligola ran to Mbale High Court claiming that there was an excess of 16 polling stations and falsification of results during the 2021 voting process.
To fill the gap, the EC nominated three candidates – Derrick Orone of NRM, Taligola, an independent candidate, and Joseph Okoboi Opolot, the NUP flag bearer.