Briefly: According to various sources, Bobi Wine’s NUP is using the disagreement in NRM to ask betrayed ‘youth’ to join him.
Lira – 1 November 2020: With NRM party currently in disagreement after primary elections, the loosers, both old and youth are being approached by some opposition key players (parties).
These parties are offering soft hands to the aggrieved persons.
In Northern Uganda, the situation is even ‘volatile, and tempting’ as per some NRM youth who claimed that NUP approached them.
Exclusive information obtained by this publication suggests that the National Unity Platform (NUP) has been engaging former NRM Youth MP aspirant, George Abdul.
Mr Abdul was disqualified from the Youth MP race on account of being “over aged” but he has strongly refuted it.
Last week, Abdul George told a local radio station in Lira City that the “youth should count him in”strongly, hinting that the battle could have just started.
He also gave a comprehensive plan on his youth MP quest, in an exclusive interview with TND News’ political correspondent, Frank Oyugi. He disclosed uncertainties, outlining his next move.
It has thus emerged that NUP leadership have been making efforts to talk to Abdul, asking him to ditch the ruling party in their favor.
NUP, insiders say has promised that they would refund his campaign funds and also “heavily stock him” ahead of the general elections taking place early next year.
In his many statements, Abdul blames Dr Tanga Odoi, the NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson and the NRM Secretariat leadership for unfairness leading to his disqualification from race.
After he was discontinued from the race, Boniface Okot was elected to hold the NRM flag.
Mr Okot will face his long time friend, Daniel Obal who earlier in the primary elections lost his quest to carry the flag of Ajuri Constituency to State Minister for Sports, Denis Hamson Obua.
After “months of consultations” according to Obal, he declared his candidature for the Northern Youth MP on independent ticket.
He told this publication that the bad spirit used in disqualifying George Abdul motivated him to join the race to carry on the legacy of Abdul in youth politics.
It has now emerged that these two (George Abdul and Obal Daniel) had a meeting in Kampala where Abdul gave his greenlight to Obal’s candidature in a bid to ensure that “if all isn’t well, Obal’s joining the race could still give hope that Lango sub region has a formidable candidate”.
“There has been efforts to engage the President directly on the issue of Abdul, but the President’s schedules haven’t been favourable,” he said.
He further noted that should redress not be given, Abdul’s choice of “actions are multiple and he would be open to support it”.
“I am running for Northern Youth MP on Independent ticket and i will work with anyone regardless of their political affiliation so long as the greater picture is achievable,” Obal gave a reply when asked about the rumour that NUP is also courting him.
National Unity Platform in the last few months have recruited “important and powerful” people within the NRM who are disgruntled.
It’s assumed that over 90% of aggrieved NRM primary elections aspirants who are now taking on the official flag bearers have been approached by NUP, something that has given NUP a major reach in all the constituencies in the country.