Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has rejected calls by members of the party’s youth league to withdraw from The Democratic Alliance.
The youth accuse the alliance of bending the rules and deadline to allow Amama Mbabazi sign the protocol last week.
The dissatisfied FDC youth league petitioned the party leadership over alleged double standards within the alliance that allowed Mbabazi to submit nomination forms past the deadline.
Last week, Mbabazi held officials of the The Democratic Alliance until 10pm in the night when he returned the forms after failing for a second time to meet the deadline for returning presidential nomination forms.
The Democratic Alliance Candidates Selection Committee also rated former the Prime Minister as the best aspirant to represent the alliance in the 2016 general elections, according to a source.
Mbabazi scored 46 percent, beating Opposition candidate Kizza Besigye – the Forum for Democratic Change presidential flag bearer, who scored 45 percent.
The Committee chaired by Livingstone Okello-Okello convened on Sunday in a retreat at Busabala Eco Lodge to rate the presidential aspirants and file a report to the The Democratic Alliance summit.
Committee playing to Mbabazi whims?
According to Joseph Tumushabe, a former lecturer at Makerere University, the alliance’s choice of Mbabazi to replace Museveni would be like pouring old wine in old bottles [no change] since the two have served in the same dictatorship.
FDC youth allege that TDA leaders; Zac Niringiye, Jeema’s Asuman Basalirwa and Godber Tumushabe are quietly fronting Mbabazi for their “personal gains”, a charge the officials deny.
One of the youth told us they [FDC youth] would only accept and opposition-led democratic alliance not one led by NRM members [Mbabazi under his GO Forward Pro Change group].
A prominent member of the party, Jack Sabiiti, also petitioned the top organ National Executive Committee [NEC] seeking a review of TDA’s candidate selection process.
The petition led to an emergency NEC meeting at the party’s headquarters in Najjanankumbi, yesterday.
Party rejects appeal
At the end of the meeting, the party resolved not to leave the alliance contrary to earlier reports that they would quit if the coalition chose to favour Mbabazi.
One of FDC’s prominent, Moses Byamugyisha, told us Besigye advised that FDC should not pullout of the TDA, a position that was accepted by NEC.
In the meeting, Besigye told members that they [TDA] still have a lot to agree on.
“We have not received the report of the selection committee yet,” Besigye said.
“We are yet to agree on the framework and formulae to be used to arrive on a flag bearer of the coalition.”
Besigye said it was still premature to take that decision [pulling out of the alliance].
The meeting was chaired by party president, Mugisha Muntu, who received the various petitions.
All the petitions, according to Byamugyisha, were asking the party to leave the coalition which seems to be favouring someone who still belongs to the ruling party they have been fighting for decades.
Muntu who handled the petitions told members the process was still long and there was no need for tensions at the moment.
He noted the complaints but said they still have more time to sort the issues out.
Earlier, Muntu dismissed reports that the alliance was disintegrating saying he had not received such information.