As the polling date for Omoro County by-election draws closer, the ruling NRM party Secretariat leaders have resorted to blackmail and intimidation as one of the tactics to promote their candidate Andrew Ojok Oulanyah, a son to the deceased Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah.
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Rosemary Sseninde, a top NRM party bigwig told Omoro County locals that they will not achieve any development in their area in case they cast their votes for Simon Tolit Akecha of the National Unity Platform party.
“You will have to forget about the good road network, better schools and hospitals in Omoro if you vote for NUP,” she told a gathering at a rally of Andrew recently. “You should support Ojok because he is flexible. We can easily work with him. He will directly talk to the president and share with him your needs,” she added.
The NRM secretary general Richard Todwong on the other hand told Omoro locals that supporting NUP is suicidal and a total betrayal to the late speaker Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah.
A total of 10 candidates have so far fetched nomination forms from the Electoral Commission as per Mr. Moses Kagono, the Omoro district returning officer.
The candidates include Andrew Ojok Oulanyah of NRM, Oscar Kizza of ANt, Dick Denis Owani of FDC. Other candidates who picked the forms include NUP’s Simon Toolit Akecha and Independent candidates; Ms Jolly Grace Okot Laker, Mr Terence Odonga, Mr Jimmy Onen Walter and Mr Eric Lajul, among others.