By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Former National Unity Platform Presidential (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine has withdrawn the presidential election petition after the Supreme Court declined to receive pieces of evidence among other reasons.
Remember that on Thursday 14th January 2021, the Electoral Commission conducted presidential elections where Ugandans exercised their constitutional rights of choosing a president who will lead them through a five-year term. Uganda has a total of 18,103,603 registered voters and 34,684 polling stations however only 10,350,819 people turned up to vote.
The presidential election which comprised 11 candidates was won by President Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa Kaguta who got 6,042,898 (58.38%). His closest opponent Kyagulanyi Robert Sentamu got 3,631,437 votes (35.08%) which he [Bobi] challenged and took matters to court.
However, his lawyers today withdrew the petition citing among other reasons Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo, the Supreme Court’s rejection of evidence and affidavits that Bobi Wine submitted last week and the continued abduction of his supporters by the security operatives.
Remember that last week Bobi wrote to the court asking Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo, Justice Mike Chibita and Justice Ezekiel Kurabiraho Muhanguzi to recuse themselves from hearing the case due to conflict of interest but they all refused.
This came after a pre-hearing session of the petition that saw Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo and seven other Justices of the Supreme Court rejecting the inclusion of 127 affidavits onto the earlier evidence submitted by Bobi Wine’s lawyers in support of the petition.