Former Kampala Mayor, Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala, has officially pulled out of the 2016 presidential race.
Ssebagala who was expected at Namboole stadium for nomination, instead wrote to the electoral commission saying he had withdrawn from the race.
“I Al-Hajji Nasser Ntege Sabaggala, a citizen of Uganda, National ID number CM47012101MRIK, a presidential aspirant in the forthcoming elections, am writing to inform you that I have withdrawn as a presidential aspirant in the forthcoming elections; I have decided to ally with His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni,” Seya wrote to EC.
“I humbly apologise that o will not be appearing before you and your esteemed colleagues today for nomination.”
Just yesterday, Seya was unveiled by President Museveni as having returned to the ruling party, NRM.
Seya, the former presidential advisor was welcomed back into the party by the NRM Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, on Monday at the Namboole delegates conference.
In January 2015, Seya announced his resignation as presidential advisor saying he could no longer serve under the dictatorship of President Yoweri Museveni.
In April 2015, Under his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Seya teamed up with the Free Uganda Chairman, General David Sejusa, and his diaspora allies to form another platform whose mandate was specifically to “rescue Uganda”.
Sebaggala, also a businessman, was an independent presidential candidate in the 2006 Ugandan general election before dropping out and joining the Kampala Mayoral race.
He was the Mayor of the City of Kampala from 2006 to 2011.
He was succeeded by Erias Lukwago as Lord Mayor in the same year.