Jacob Oulanyah’s first son, Andrew Ojok, has been endorsed as the party’s flag bearer in the upcoming Omoro county by-election by President Museveni, the NRM’s Central Executive Committee leader.
The leader of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Central Executive Committee, President Yoweri Museveni has endorsed Jacob Oulanyah’s first son, Andrew Ojok to be the party flag bearer in the upcoming Omoro county by-election.
Speaking in front of five more NRM aspirants who had expressed interest in taking up the position, Museveni said in memory of what the late Jacob Oulanyah did, it is decent enough to front one of his children to complete his five-year term.
“The decent thing to do is to let one of the children of Oulanyah stand in for him, for the remaining 4 years,” Museveni said adding that is then that they will determine whether he has been useful or useless to the party and the position as a whole.
The endorsement now means Ojok will be the sole candidate for the NRM and no primaries will take place after five other aspirants from the same party accepted to step aside. From the opposition end, FDC is expected to front a candidate for the same seat.
The Omoro position fell vacant following the death of Jacob Oulanyah last month in Seattle, United States. Oulanyah who was on April 8th laid to rest in his home district succumbed to multi-organ failure according to the health minister Jane Ruth Aceng.
Speaking earlier on, Ojok raised optimism that he can work to fill his father’s legacy. He assured that once endorsed by his NRM party, his campaign will mostly focus on promoting peace, unity and reconciliation in the district something the late Oulanyah stood for.
“The core work that my father invested in was health and infrastructure, We plan to carry on with it if given the opportunity,” Ojok said adding that he is waiting to see if his party the National Resistance Movement (NRM) will accept to front him,” Ojok said recently.
“The party still has to complete its processes. NRM is yet to work on its internal process and we are cognisant of that, we shall at the appropriate time pick those Electoral Commission (EC) forms,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission roadmap reads that nomination of candidates will be conducted between 12th and 13th May 2022 at Omoro District Council Hall and campaign meetings for candidates to be held from 16th to 24th May 2022 ahead of the election on May 26, 2022.