Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Presidential Candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat aka POA has today warned Uganda’s main opposition party might boycott the forthcoming 2021 Presidential Polls.
“There is a possibility that we are going to suspend these campaigns, if not even pull out of the campaign altogether,” he said.
Addressing a press conference in Gulu today, Amuriat who was briefly incarcerated at Gulu Central Police Station (CPS), revealed that party officials were meeting at the Party’s head offices in Najjanakumbi seat to forge a way forward.
“We are going to have a crisis meeting. It is going to be sitting in the next few minutes. The intention is to review what is going on in this campaign in respect to our right to access the population,” Amuriat disclosed.
Riots yesterday broke out in different parts of the country following the arrest of Amuriat and Robert Kyagulanyi.
Amuriat, who is on the campaign trail in Northern Uganda, said FDC will as well study and take a decision on the “harassment of Presidential candidates by security personnel.”
Police said the presidential candidates were held for “continued violations of the Electoral Commission and Ministry Of Health guidelines, during the political campaigns.”
The Electoral Body recently warned candidates against massive mobilization of assemblies and processions amidst the threat of Covid-19 in Uganda.
Police said, “The majority of the participants had no safeguards of facemasks, physical distancing and proper hygiene.”
Amuriat today said if FDC were to pull out of the presidential race they might need to hear from other Presidential candidates who were also “brutalised” during campaigns.
Amuriat said FDC will not simply look on as their rights are violated.
“The burden of identifying whoever roughed me up, whoever beat me up is on the RPC who commanded this whole operation. So Mr Ezekiel Emitu is held responsible for this,” he opined.
On the issue of his Police guards not being able to protect him, Amuriat said it is not among their duties to forestall an arrest.
“They try their best but they are beaten off. They try to put up a fight but that fight does not go far,” he defended his guards.
By Press time, Amuriat was still at his hotel suite awaiting a decision from Najjanankumbi.
According to the Electoral Commission (EC) programme, Amuriat is expected to visit Nwoya and Amuru on Thursday but many of his cars, including; Leader of Opposition (LOP) Betty Aol Ocan’s automobiles were damaged during yesterday’s fracas.