The joint opposition candidate for the upcoming Serere county by-elections Alice Alaso Asianut has appealed to the Forum for Democratic Change – FDC Party to withdraw its candidate.
The Alliance for National Transformation – ANT recently announced Alice Alaso as their flag bearer before she got a blessing from other opposition political parties including National Unity Platform – NUP party, Democratic Party and others.
It’s only FDC that refused to join the alliance with other political parties to front one candidate but instead fronted Emmanuel Eratu who became fourth in the January 14, 2021 general elections.
While addressing media in her Soroti residence ahead of her nominations on Thursday February 9, 2023, Ms. Alaso appealed to the FDC leadership to withdraw their candidate in order to enable her win the hotly contested Serere County by-elections.
“It’s our prayer that between now and tomorrow morning that FDC joins us in order to take over the victory in Serere. If they are still part of the opposition, let them join us because this struggle is for the opposition,” Alaso said.
She added that, “we don’t want to divide our vote, we don’t want to throw votes away for the sake of mobilizing,” noting that this campaign is not about building the parties.
“This campaign is about taking a strategic position on behalf of the people of Serere. So I appeal to FDC that it’s not too late to withdraw their candidate for the sake of opposition victory in Serere,” she appealed.
Alaso also appealed to the well-meaning people of Serere to join the trail and vote for her saying that her victory will bring advancement to Serere County.
Samuel Lubega Walter Mukaaku of DP – block challenged FDC leaders to come together in order to defeat the NRM.
“We need to stay in three face like the electricity. We don’t want to be generators,” Mukaaku said.
But Paul Omer the FDC head of Presidential envoy for Teso and also official Spokesperson for Emmanuel Eratu noted that, as FDC they are not ready to withdraw their candidate noting that, “Alaso has been a pillar that NRM party has been using to fight the FDC strength in Teso.”
He said that when FDC was gaining its momentum Alaso decided to leave the party to join ANT.
“As FDC we are a bigger party compared to ANT. When we had a by-elections in Soroti City East Alaso didn’t come to support us but instead was siding with the NRM candidate,” Omer said.
I would like alaso to with draw because she was in the parament