FDC presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye, has just left The Democratic Alliance [TDA] meeting ongoing at their offices in Naguru.
The alliance is expected to announce its flag bearer this evening.
TDA spokesperson, Wafula Oguttu, says Besigye has finished “talking to us” and is going for another meeting.
“Every white smoke will be in my favour because we are looking for a TDA candidate not my candidate,” Besigye told press camped outside the TDA offices.
Asked why he was leaving prematurely, Besigye retorted: “I’m not the one who chooses a candidate and I’m through with handing in my consent.”
His opponent in the flag bearer race, Amama Mbabazi, and Norbert Mao are still inside.
Prof Gilbert Bukenya is said to be absent without an explanation.
Meanwhile, FDC supporters have already gathered signatures to allow Besigye be nominated on their party ticket.
“We want to thank all our district supports who have signed nomination forms for Dr. Kizza Besigye,” said Hon Harold Kaija, a top member of Besigye camp.
“The EC needs 100 signatures from 75 district. FDC has gathered more than 200 signatures the 112 District,” he continued.
Another Besigye diehard, Moses Byamugyisha, tells us they have collected signatures as they wait for TDA’s decision.
All indications are that they will have Besigye stand even if it means standing outside TDA.
Another member of Besigye camp, Moses Atocon Atyekwo, asked: “Why are the Ugandan elites experimenting with the lives of citizens?”
Atocon says the idea of Mbabazi being fronted as the lead candidate is not only “dangerously insane but it’s suicidal”.
“JPAM has for a longtime been a symbol of the past and present oppression, unsanitized JPAM should not be granted highway access to contaminate the political power sacrificially built by the opposition, by any right thinking person.”
Atocon accuses Mbabazi of being “inconsistent and dishonest from the very beginning” wondering why a few people should put the whole future of my country in jeopardy?
“JPAM signed a sole candidate resolution in Kyankwanzi and he still holds NRM party card, is JPAM not a Saul who arrived in Damascus on a flight without any road encounter with Christ simply hell bent on a mission is to move NRM forward with the sweats of the opposition. What exactly is your mission in TDA?”