Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Chairperson Amb. Wasswa Biriggwa has endorsed party president, Patrick Oboi Amuriat as the FDC flag bearer in the 2021 presidential race.
Biriggwa’s withdrawal leaves Amuriat unchallenged to led FDC into the race for Uganda’s next president.
However, today while speaking to delegates at the part offices in Najanakumbi, Birigwa said he was giving way for Patrick Amuriat to give “Museveni a run for his money.”
Biriggwa said the decision was invoked to unify the party under its slogan: “One Uganda, One People”.
“I am allowing him (Amuriat) to carry on with this. I have found him a strong candidate who will Museveni quite a battle,” he said amidst ululation and cheers.
An emotional Amiuriat broke down in tears before labeling Birigwa the “real leader” of FDC
I at first did not trust Biriggwa when he joined FDC because I thought he would hand the party over to Museveni, I even de-campaigned him. However, I have come to learn that he is a very honest man and a real leader of this party,”
Until August 2020, Besigye was expected to lead FDC in the hunt for the top seat in the country. However, Dr. Besigye surprised many political observers by declining to run.
There have been calls for the opposition in Uganda to field a single candidate to vie against incumbent and National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairman Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
In the lead up to parties holding primaries, FDC and Robert Kyagulanyi’s National Unity Platform (NUP) were said to be in talks.