However, DP President Norbert Mao, says there is no such agreement to front Grace Ouma Akello as claimed by Olara Otunnu, and warned that there is need to exercise caution before fronting another opposition candidate.
Lucy Akello is the Forum for Democratic Change party candidate while Grace Ouma Akello is the flag bearer for Uganda People's Congress-UPC party.
Dr. Olara Otunnu, the UPC party president and TDA national taskforce chairperson, says Lucy Akello, was fronted by the Inter Party Coalition-IPC in the 2014 by-elections to temporarily fill the gap left by Betty Bigombe, who stepped down to take on a World Bank job.
"We agreed as a team that Lucy Akello, will lead for the remaining months until the 2016 elections. So we have not changed our mind on the candidate, but it was what we agreed," he said. Adding that, Grace Ouma Akello is now the TDA candidate."
He says the decision to back Grace Ouma Akello was arrived at by TDA leadership. TDA is a loose coalition of opposition parties and civil society activists. The opposition parties in the coalition include FDC, Justice Forum, Conservative Party, DP and NRM pro-change activists led by ex-prime minister Amama Mbabazi.
However, DP President Norbert Mao says there is no such agreement to front Grace Ouma Akello, and warned that there is need to exercise caution before fronting another opposition candidate.
Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, the FDC party spokesperson says they are going ahead with Lucy Akello as FDC candidate.
Lucy Akello, the incumbent Amuru Woman Member of Parliament says she is not worried by the decision of TDA to back her rival. According to Akello, she has ably represented her electorate and is assured of victory come voting day, February 18, 2016.
She however says she would have wished to run as a joint opposition candidate like the case was in the by-elections.
Akello blames Otunnu for masterminding the move by TDA to withdrawal support for her candidature in favour of her UPC party rival.