Patrick Amuriat Oboi, the reigning president of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) will lead the party’s challenge against President Yoweri Museveni’s 35-year-rule at next year’s presidential elections.
Amuriat was confirmed as the FDC presidential candidate after his challenger to the party flag, Wasswa Biriggwa pulled out of the race.
Biriggwa who is also the party’s national chairman told a meeting of the FDC national conference held on Thursday at the party headquarters that his decision was in the best interest of the party.
Biriggwa said that the last time the party held presidential elections members were left sharply divided leading to the eventual split as some members, led by former FDC president Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu, broke away to form another party – the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT).
“I am allowing Patrick Amuriat Oboi to carry on this. I have found him strong and he will give Mr Museveni a run for his money,” Biriggwa said.
Amuriat expressed gratitude for Biriggwa’s action and admitted that he had underestimated Biriggwa’s leadership skills and loyalty to the party five years ago when he contested for the chairmanship of the FDC.
The FDC party’s electoral commission Chairman Toterebuka Bamwenda later officially declared Amurait the FDC flag bearer. Bamwenda lauded Biriggwa for his great love for the party and also appreciated the two candidates’ willingness to avoid clashes during the joint campaigns.
Amuriat joins a crowded list of more than 40 presidential aspirants notable among them is Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, former Security minister, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde and journalist Joseph Kabuleta.