In the run-up to the Omoro district by-elections, opposition candidates have said they will not step aside in favour of the late Jacob Oulanyah’s son.
By-elections in the Omoro district are scheduled to begin soon, and members of opposition parties seeking the district’s parliamentary seat say they won’t budge in favor of Jacob Oulanyah’s son.
In an article published by the Independent Magazine, the decision came up a few hours after George Aligec Lapir, one of the candidates from the National Resistance Movement (NRM party) stepped down from the race in favour of Oulanyah’s eldest son Andrew Ojok.
Aligec stepped down following a clan meeting on Thursday last week convened by the Puranga Chiefdom leader, Jimmy Ocan with candidates who expressed interest to contest the Omoro parliamentary seat.
According to the Independent, the meeting held in Acet trading centre in Odek sub-county was meant to introduce the candidates to clan members and instil a spirit of unity amongst them.
However, the Chiefdom Prime Minister Francis Mawa clarified to the candidates that Oulanyah’s family had earlier fronted his son to vie for the position.
“The deceased family came out last time clearly that they are fronting Oulanyah’s son to finish what his father had started, he was offered to the people of Puranga and we all know this,” said Mawa.
As of today, six candidates including Oulanyah’s son Andrew Ojok, Andrew Olal, Francis Rwotlonyo, and Omoro LCV chairperson Douglas Peter Okello, all from NRM, Terrence Odonga from Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), and Godwin Okello from Democratic Party (DP) have all confirmed their interest in proceeding with the Omoro County Parliamentary race that fell vacant after the death of the former legislator on March 20.
Meanwhile, Ojok who was fronted by his family to move on with his late father’s legacy recently assured voters that once voted into power, he will focus on promoting peace, unity and reconciliation in the district something his father 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.
“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,” Ojok added.
According to the Electoral Commission roadmap, the 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.