By Spy Uganda
The delegate members of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) for Soroti district yesterday unanimously endorsed Hon. Edmond Herbert Ariko to fly the party’s flag in the forthcoming Soroti city east by-election.
In a delegates conference held at Jeressar High School, the party Secretary-General, Rt.Hon.Richard Todwong praised the people of Soroti for elaborately stating their choice ahead of the already exciting election, adding that the party is willing to respect their decision pending completion of all due processes in the party.
”The voice of the people is the voice of God, you have chosen to stand with Mr Ariko to deliver the victory of our NRM family. The Secretariat will never impose a candidate on any voters because it is their fundamental right. We, therefore, congratulate you upon your constitutional right,” Todwong said.
The six aspirants from NRM willingly stepped aside and agreed to support the will of the majority (Hon.Ariko) as they declared that they are loyal members and supporters of NRM hence shelving their ambitions to rally behind the agreed aspirant.
In his acceptance remarks, Ariko said the views, opinions, interests and decisions of the people have been heard and shall be respected by the NRM leaders, adding his willingness and love to diligently serve them.
“My desire in this election is to find a right footing in this city. NRM has a majority everywhere and there is no reason to be intimidated by the opposition. We shall find time to sort out our issues which have been making us lose. As NRM supporters I empower you to follow the four principles of our party which preaches unity and patriotism, Hon. Ariko appealed.
He promised a political tsunami to whoever thought NRM was in a disarray saying despite their silence, the mass family enjoys an overwhelming majority as proven during general elections.
“I invite everyone to focus on one thing and that is victory. We are heading into this By-election to settle for nothing less but victory. I am humbled by the demonstration of your support and confidence in me to carry hold your ticket until victory is realized,” Ariko promised.
The NRM Vice Chairman for the Eastern region Capt. Mike Mukula said the party is formidable but has only been lucking proper organisation which come in with the new leadership.
“NRM has tremendously transformed Soroti city in infrastructure, roads, and modern market among others which is reason enough and prudent to reward it with loyalty and support.
Director for mobilisation at the NRM Secretariat, Hon. Rosemary Seninde said the people of Soroti have eased the work of the party leadership, adding that they are left with no option but to support the candidature of Hon. Ariko when the time comes.
“I am grateful and proud of you for explicitly endorsing the candidate you want. Through thick and thin we are here as the party to help you fulfil your dream of taking Ariko to Parliament next month,” Seninde said.
Dr Tanga Odoi, the Electoral Commission chairman said the era of confusion within the party leadership is over as demonstrated by the joint meetings and uniform message being propagated.
According to the Electoral Commission roadmap, nominations of interested candidates are scheduled to take place on the 18th and 19th of next month ahead of the by-election slated for the same month on the 28th.