Former Kumi County MP, Patrick Oboi Amuriat [POA] was on Tuesday afternoon nominated to stand for Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] party presidency.
According to the programme released by the Party Electoral Commission, Oboi would be followed by the nomination of Munyagwa Mubarack, the Kawempe South MP.
The FDC EC chairman, Dan Mugarura, on Monday nominated Dan Matsiko, Byamugisha Moses, Gregory Mugisha Muntu Oyera and Bakubi Lukubira Moses, who are also vying for the top party seat.
Oboi was escorted by FDC stalwarts including Makerere LCV Councillor, Doreen Nyanjura, FDC mobilisation secretary, Ingrid Turinawe, FDC Chairman Wasswa Biriggwa and FDC vice president Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, among others.
“A new journey is upon us as a party and the country, today I am offering myself to be the steward of this great party,” Oboi said after the nomination exercise.
“I know that men and women have sacrificed for our beliefs as Forum for Democratic Change,” he added.
Oboi said he has come to put the promises of his predecessors in practice. “I am here to serve you I will be knocking doors in your districts, constituencies, municipalities, parishes and villages.”
In an interview with The Observer, Oboi called himself the best choice for FDC party president, explaining that he is a long-serving leader within the FDC.
“I have been in FDC from its inception. Before that, I was in the Reform Agenda, and, before that, I was involved in opposition politics. I was in the IPFC [Inter-party forces cooperation] during Dr [Paul Kawanga] Ssemogerere’s 1996 presidential campaigns,” he told the newspaper.
“But my decision to get into this thing was informed by last year’s events. I believe that we ran a good campaign for Dr Kizza Besigye [in the presidential elections].”
Oboi who was the coordinator for eastern Uganda, says the party was incapable of reclaiming its victory in 2016 elections but will continue the struggle.