UPC Wants Obote's Son, Niece to Withdraw from Apac MP Race Top story

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David Ajok Julu, the UPC party chairperson says both Engena and Ajok hold minimal support within party members. He urges the duo to step down and support the official party candidate.

Uganda People's Congress-UPC is dialoging with two independent candidates in the Apac municipality parliamentary race to step down for the official party candidate.
 

They are Bishop Edward Stanley Engena Maitum, the eldest son of former President and UPC founder, Dr. Apollo Milton Obote and his granddaughter and former Apac Woman MP, Lucy Ajok.

 
The duo was nominated alongside Patrick Ocan, the UPC candidate FDC's George Okello Ekwaro, NRM's Jovino Akaki Ayumu and Bonny Mackline Odongo Oding, an independent.
 
 
However, the UPC party secretariat wants Engena and Ajok to step down from the race in favor of the party candidate, Ocan since they belong to the same party. Whereas Engena contested in the UPC primaries and lost to Ocan, Ajok didn't participate.
 

Fred Ebil- Ebil, the UPC Secretary General, says they have started engaging the duo to withdraw from the race and is optimistic of positive results.
 

Luo sound bite
 

//Cue in: "Lucy Ajok is ….
Cue out: …...and work together,"//
 
 Translation
 
 
"Lucy Ajok is our strong party member but she has not been listening to the party authority, let us reconcile and work together," Ebil said.
 
However, Ajok says she is no longer interested in being a UPC member, saying the leadership has been trampling over rights from the 2016 General election.
 
She ruled out the possibility of stepping down from the race, saying the ongoing efforts are waste of time.
 

Luo soundbite
 

//Cue in: "They don't want to …...
Cue out: …. By bribing the judge,"//



Translation
 

"They don't want to own their mistakes, for me I have left the party. I owe them no apology, they should apologize to me because even when I petitioned court, UPC still fought me by bribing the Judge," Ajok told URN in Luo.
 
On his part, Bishop Engena says no one has approached him to withdraw from the race. According to Engena, he will first consult his team on whether or not to withdraw from the race before making a decision once approached.
 

David Ajok Julu, the UPC party chairperson says both Engena and Ajok hold minimal support within party members. He urges the duo to step down and support the official party candidate.
 
 
The Apac District Returning Officer, Jimmy Musimbi, says the candidates are expected to kick start their official campaigns next week when Electoral Commission releases the campaign road map.
 
 
Besides the parliamentary elections, the EC is also conducting elections for directly elected councilors and mayoral candidates in newly created municipalities.
 
They include Apac, Pallisa, Bugiri, Sheema, Ibanda, Butebo and Pakwach. Electoral Commission has set June 28th, 2018 as the date for the elections.