NRM Candidates Step Down To Pave Way For Oulanyah’s Son Andrew Ojok In The Upcoming Omoro County By-elections

NRM Candidates Step Down To Pave Way For Oulanyah's Son Andrew Ojok In The Upcoming Omoro County Elections

By Uganda Online Media

Kampala: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is also the National Chairman of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has finally convinced party leaders from Omoro District to rally behind late Jacob Oulanyah’s son Andrew Ojok in the upcoming the Omoro county by-election.

President Museveni met the leaders on Tuesday at his country home in Rwakitula, Kiruhura District.

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Richard Todwong, the Secretary-General was behind the meeting which was attended by, the District executive committee, the aspirants, cultural leaders, religious leaders, and opinion leaders.

According to the Electoral Commission program, the by-election of Member of Parliament for Omoro County Constituency is set for 26 of May 2022.

NRM candidates who stepped down in favor of Ojok Andrew include Okello Douglas Peter (the current LCV chairperson), Olal Obong, Acellam Ben, and Okello Francis.

Following the decision, Museveni commended leaders from Omoro and the candidates for showing unity and respecting the party leadership decisions.

“If Oulanyah had not died, we would not have elections in that area until 2026. So I think the decent thing to do is to support his son to complete the father’s term,” Museveni said

“People get tired of endless elections. If there is a sentiment that one of the children of Oulanyah stands in for him and for us, I think it is really decent. It is decent to say let the boy go. If he is given a chance and he doesn’t perform we shall see” he added

Museveni also commended the four aspirants for putting their interests aside and agreeing to step aside for a smooth process.

“Am happy to hear from you yourself. You can come and compete with the boy in 2026 if he doesn’t perform. So am very glad to hear this, thank you,” he said.

One of the Aspirants  Okello Deogratius Peter, the Chairperson LCV Omoro district said: “In the spirit of the party and for the continuation of NRM in Omoro I have decided to step down.”

In a memorandum of understanding read to the president by the Woman MP for  Omoro district, Catherine Lamwaka, leaders in Omoro commended Museveni for the support he gave to Jacob Oulanyah before, during after his death.

“We want to thank you for your support for Omoro district. Thank you for the support you gave to Oulanya during his time while alive and for the decent send off. Thank you for always understanding with us as Omoro district.” Lamwaka said.

They thanked the NRM chairman for his final and timely mediation between candidates that had wanted to participate in the NRM primaries.

“Thank you for the time to attend to the candidates. I appreciate them for the decisions they have taken. Am happy with the decisions they have taken.”

According to electoral commission, the nominations of candidates will be conducted for two days on May 12 and 13, 2022 at Omoro district council hall.

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