Maverick opposition strongman from Acholi sub region, Odonga Otto of the Aruu county has finally resolved to quit Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) to start a new life in the Uganda Economic Party. (UEP)
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Odonga becomes the 10th MP to part ways with Uganda’s former leading opposition party. He joins fellow MP, Bernard Atiku who sought solace in the ruling NRM party recently.
The controversial legislator affirmed his exit in a tweet he issued on Monday saying the FDC had lost track of holding grip of the country’s leadership. In the UEP where he has just joined, Otto has been elected to serve as the party’s Secretary General as he intimates in the tweet. “The Uganda Economic Party (UEP) held its delegates conference and I was elected the party’s Secretary General,” Odonga tweeted.
The UEP supreme leader, James Wantetena confirmed the recruit of the opposition doyen and said it was a ‘big catch’ for the party. “We are happy to unveil Otto as the first MP to join UEP. We are overly excited to unveil him as the new Secretary general,” Wantetena told the press.
With several MPs jumping out of the wagon, analysts anticipate the FDC to lose grip of the office of the leader of opposition in the next parliament. Former FDC party affiliates are largely identifying with Mugisha Muntu’s Alliance for National Transformation party while the DP Buganda caucus is already embracing the NUP ideology. MPs, Nambooze, Mpuuga, Ssegona among others are set to officially be unveiled as members of the NUP/PP.