U-TURN: FDC Insists on Sending Ingrid to EALA Despite Primaries Loss  

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change party has Monday declared its Secretary for Mobilization, adiposity Ingrid Turinawe winner of yesterday’s primary elections for the regional EALA representative, prostate despite the results coming out against her.

The party made the unprecedented U-Turn today Tuesday, information pills less than 24 hours after Mrs. Turinawe lost the election at the party head offices in Najjanankumbi.

FDC through its spokesperson Semujju Nganda revealed that Mrs Ingrid would also go to the general elections at Parliament as “second winner” in the primaries.

He told us the opposition party decided to front two candidates for the East African Legislative Assembly.

Yesterday former Kaberamaido woman Member of Member of Parliament, Florence Ibi Ekwao was acknowledged as the only party contender for the regional parliament after flooring eight other opponents including Ms. Turinawe.

Turinawe conceded defeat and wished well the winner Mrs Ekwao who beat her by two votes (20 -18).

Other candidates included Baguma Patrick who got 7 votes and Ayo Innocent who came forth with 6 votes while the remaining 5 candidates shared 11 votes.

Nganda, who is also the Chief Opposition Whip in Parliament told our reporter that FDC is going to send both Ibi and Ingrid since the National Resistance Movement party has “grabbed” six positions for itself.

“There is no agreed procedure for now and we have all seen that NRM is grabbing 6 seats. FDC is also taking two seats,” Ssemujju said on phone.

Uganda has nine seats in EALA that is headquartered in Arusha, Tanzania. NRM and FDC used to send 6 and 2 respectively basing on their numerical strengths.

Things changed in the 9th Parliament when FDC boycotted the process demanding that NRM should give up 2 more seats for the opposition. UPC and DP took the opportunity created by FDC exit to also send their members to EALA.

FDC now wants to reclaim the lost glory according to Ssemujju.

“We are taking back our 2 traditional seats as we wait for what the Speaker is going to decide.”

The Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga is expected to set the guidelines this week. The NRM leadership has however decided to send 6 candidates.

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