FDC is facing a tough time after Bobi Wine rallied behind firebrand politician and independent candidate Kassiano Wadri to take Arua Municipality in this Wednesday’s by-election.
Under their new political catchphrase ‘People Power’, Wadri’s team is backed by former FDC president Mugisha Muntu who campaigned for the former Terego County lawmaker last week.
The ‘People Power’ force humiliated the FDC candidate in the recently concluded Bugiri polls that saw Asuman Basalirwa emerge victorious.
Observers say the ‘People Power’ is disproving the widely held notion in opposition that one needs endorsement of big political parties such as FDC to defeat NRM candidates.
Addressing a mammoth rally in Arua on Sunday, Bobi Wine said as they take on leadership as young people, they must also tap into the wisdom and guidance of the elders that Museveni fears most like Kassiano Wadri.
He said voters should be guided by patriotic elders like Wadri although there are many others who continue to sell the people to the regime according to him.
Unlike FDC’s candidate Bruce Musema, the ‘People Power’ alliance attracted larger crowds that walked through the town, bringing business and traffic to a standstill.
Tens of thousands of cheering crowds lined the streets to catch a glimpse of Bobi and Wadri as they drove together to the rally.
Wadri said he was committed to the transformation of Arua and pledged to serve them better than previous legislators.
However, FDC leaders, Kizza Besigye, Patrick Amuriat and Nandala Mafabi had no kind words for Wadri, saying he should never have contested in the race.
While campaigning for Arua Municipality FDC candidate Bruce Musema on Sunday, Amuriat said Wadri should never have left his Terego County to divide the party’s vote in the by-election.
“Wadri is a very dishonest person. We were with him and other FDC members who agreed that the incumbent party candidate should serve for five years,” said Amuriat.
“Wadri is FDC candidate for Terego; Musema is FDC candidate in Arua Municipality. Why did he have to abandon his constituency and come to cause confusion in Arua?” he added.
Nandala Mafabi, the party general secretary, termed Wadri as dishonest and greedy.
Dr Besigye also said Wadri had made his contribution and should have left the municipality seat for Musema.
A divided opposition vote could work in the favour of NRM which recently swept the municipality and local elections with a landslide.
Museveni will address two rallies in the two divisions of River Oli and Arua Hill.
The election has attracted 12 candidates. They are: Ms Nusura Tiperu (NRM), Bruce Musema (FDC), Jaffar Alekua (Jeema) and Kennedy Madira (DP). Others are Independents Kassiano Wadri, Francis Elton Nyero, Sunday Anguandia, Alfred Nyakuni, Jackson Atima, Simon Avutia, Safi Bavuga and Robert Ejiku.
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