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2021 FDC Flag Bearer Race: Amuriat Heaps Praises on Birigwa for Stepping Aside

Patrick Amuriat Oboi has today highly extolled his fellow competitor Wasswa Birigwa for giving him a lee way to carry Forum for Democratic Change’s (FDC) flag in the forthcoming 2021 Presidential Polls.

Until today, all eyes were glued on whom between Birigwa and Amuriat would win the majority support of National Council members from the 21 sub regions of Uganda.

However, all of a sudden, many were left in shock when Birigwa, in unprecedented fashion, threw his weight behind his Party President at the last gasp.

In his long drawn out speech, Birigwa intimated that this abrupt decision was underpinned on the need of uniting FDC members, three years after the formation was split into two after a disastrous FDC Presidential Election.

“Amuriat, I am endorsing you because of unity. I want you to go home knowing we have a flag bearer. Unlike the last time when we had an election, you all know what happened. He left and we are still paying for it,” Birigwa reminded dignitaries.

Wasswa Birigwa and Roland Kaginda entertaining FDC supporters on October 8 2020.

In 2017, it is understood that supporters of the then Party President Gen. Mugisha Muntu and Amuriat almost went for each other’s throats following a campaign that was marred with mudslinging.

Eventually, Muntu, together with others, left to form the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT).

This development almost tremendously shook Amuriat triggering a river of tears.

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“It is very rare of me. As you know I am a fighter that should not shed tears,” he apologized promptly.

More so, Amuriat retorted that this was not expected of someone he had vigorously de-campaigned in the past.

“Nearly five years ago when Wasswa Birigwa arrived in FDC, I was among the ‘doubting Thomases’ who thought that he was not the right person for FDC Chairmanship,” he disclosed.

“I did de-campaign him among the delegates because I thought he should wait for his turn. I did not vote for him and that’s why I feel extremely emotional,” Amuriat explained.

FDC President Patrick Amuriat Oboi celebrating with a fan after scooping the Party’s Presidential Flag

He then proceeded to thank four-time Presidential Candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye whom he publicly described as his ‘God father, Father of the Party and Father of the nation’ for nurturing him politically.

“I wish he was here to see his pupil and student coming of age,” Amuriat desired.

Fast forward, he warned that this time round, the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) is in for a rude awakening.

“Mr. Museveni should know that the election of 2021 is not going to be the same cup of tea,” Amuriat notified.

 

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