Patrick Oboi Amuriat has automatically gone through as the FDC flagbearer for 2021 general elections.
His main challenger Waswa Biriggwa has Thursday withdrawn from the race saying he was gifting Amuriat the opportunity to give President Yoweri Museveni a run for his money.
Biriggwa further said that his decision was meant to unify the FDC since the last time the party held an election it sparked off hostility and departure of senior party leaders led by Mugisha Muntu.
The National Council of FDC had convened at the FDC head offices to elect a flagbearer. Biriggwa’s move comes after the two contenders failed to show up for the presidential debate that was organised by NBS Tv yesterday which left their supporters in suspense with many unanswered questions.
Mr Biriggwa said he would instead concentrate on reconciliation within the party and political actors from other parties.
“I am allowing Patrick Amuriat Oboi to carry on this. I have found him strong and he is going to give Mr Museveni a run for his money,” Mr Biriggwa said Thursday at the FDC head offices in Najjanankumbi.
Meanwhile, before Biriggwa declared to face off with Amuriat, several reports indicated that party cadres had tried their level best to convince strongman and former party president, Dr Kizza Besigye to hold the party’s flag again in the 2021 general elections.
Besigye, who has run against President Yoweri Museveni for four times later came out and declared that he was not ready to seek another term as the party president and declared that he was to focus on his plan B which he later described as mobilizing Ugandans for war aiming to oust President Museveni.
“We look for someone to lead our plan A” which entails running in the elections, but leave plan ‘B’ for me,” Besigye said.
He added that there is a whole wide range of fighting and fighting does not necessarily mean violence or going back to the bush saying that his plan B is supported by the country’s constitution, through Article 3, which gives citizens a right to fight for their freedom if it is not being granted.
”You can fight while sitting down. Our ancestors fought to get rid of colonial powers and we have also already been fighting for some time now and that’s why we have wounds. We have not taken out guns, but we have been fighting,” Besigye said.