Aruu North Member of Parliament Odonga Otto has announced his exit from Uganda’s leading opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change [FDC].
Mr. Otto says he won’t subscribe to any political party ahead of reclaiming his seat come 2021 general polls.
Addressing the press from his constituency after his thanks giving prayer last week, Odonga says he is going to run as independent candidate.
“For all the time that i have been remitting money to Forum for Democratic Change, I have been unable to do a lot for my electorates because in a political party, there is string attached to any activity that I should do for my electorates,” he added.
“Running as an independent candidate is going to give me ample time to do a lot for my electorates and I will be able to lobby for more supports for them,” he continues defending reasons for quitting.
Aol Betty Ocan, the Gulu district Woman Member of Parliament and the leader of opposition in the 10th Parliament who was also voted under Forum for Democratic Change, refuted the allegations made by Aruu North MP as he exits.
“If there is any issue, it can be solved internally than exiting the party,” Aol said.
She however promised to advice and engage other party leaders in this matter so as to be solved, saying that “losing Odonga from Forum for Democratic Change may leave a big gap within the party”.
In recent years, Otto, has been criticizing FDC leadership, and saying he would one day quit.
Recently, in Pader, Otto and former FDC President shared same tent during the burial of an FDC stalwart who was a sub county LC3 chairperson.