With just weeks to the Omoro county by-elections of the area Member of Parliament, Godwin Okello the Democratic Party (DP) flagbearer has pulled out of the race to stand for the position.
The Democratic Party (DP) flagbearer for the Omoro county by-elections of the area Member of Parliament, Godwin Okello, has withdrawn from the race to stand for election.
According to the Electoral Commission road map, Omoro county by-elections will be held on May 26 however, in the wake of events, DP’s Okello has withdrawn his papers saying he is very much attached to the people of Aruu than those in Omoro and as a result, he would love to maintain the strong relationship.
He (Okello) contested as a Member of Parliament for Aruu in the 2021 elections thus, he said after strong consultations with the people of Aruu, they requested asked him not to opt-out of the county.
“Basing on my consultation with the people of Omoro, and also elders of the party, I have decided to withdraw my candidature from Omoro by election as a DP flag bearer. The reason why I did that was because I contested as a member of Parliament for Aruu County and the people of Aruu followed and asked because I am their hope and they asked to keep me in Aruu,” he said in an interview with Urban.
Okello, was last month fronted by the DP as their flag bearer for the Omoro County seat that fell vacant following the death of the area legislator who also doubled as Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah who died in March.
Amidst the development, the DP top guns have made it clear they will not be fronting another candidate nor supporting any opposition party come May 26.
Okello’s withdrawal of candidature now means four people will be contesting for the position including Tolit Simon Akena of NUP, Denis Dick Owani of FDC, Kiiza Oscar of ANT, and Andrew Ojok Oulanyah the son of the late Jacob Oulanyah who was earlier on fronted by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).
According to the Electoral Commission, the nomination of candidates for the Omoro seat will be held on May 12 and 13. Campaigns will run from May 16 to 24, 2022 and then elections held on May 26.
Meanwhile, the position fell vacant following the death of late Speaker Oulanyah who was buried on April 8th in the Omoro district. Oulanyah reportedly succumbed to multi-organ failure.