Five Soroti City East seat aspirants have stepped aside to pave way for National Resistance Movement -NRM’s candidate Herbert Edmond Ariko to tussle it out with Forum for Democratic Change FDC’s Moses Attan Okia who was the only aspirant nominated yesterday.

Seven aspirants who had picked up the nomination forms were Moses Attan Okia Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Hebert Edmond Ariko National Resistance Movemet (NRM), Pascal Amuriat Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC), Joseph Ogita (Independent) Stephen Omoding (Independent), Herbert Omoding Olaboro (Independent) and Isaac Okore Democratic Party.

Herbert Edmond Ariko was set to be nominated today alongside the five who had picked the nomination forms but have stepped down in his favor.

The aspirants announced their stepping down before the NRM Vice Chairperson, Capt. Mike Mukula at his residence in Soroti City before they headed to the electoral commission to formally declare that though they had picked the nomination forms they have changed their minds to support Ariko.

Stephen Omoding NRM, Herbert Omoding, Sarah Inachu NRM leaning, Joseph Ogita Independent who declared that he did not belong to any and announced that he has now decided to cross to NRM officially before the National Vice Chairperson NRM Eastern Region.

Jimmy Willy Ekemu, the former NRM flag bearer today addressed the media to affirm that he handed the flag to Herbert Edmond Ariko and has promised to convince his supporters to back Ariko in the forthcoming by-elections slated for 28th July, 2022.

Ekemu said that for the love of the NRM party he willingly agreed to hand over the flag after he asked by the top NRM leaders to do it.

Stephen Omoding expressed bitterness saying that he has been long time NRM cadre who has been in sidelined for long by some of the NRM leaders in Teso.

Sarah Inachu was the only female who ran for Soroti City in 2021 Parliamentary general elections as an Independent though NRM leaning, and came third beating Will Ekemu the flag bearer who took the fourth position.

Inachu said she adhered to call of the NRM party after she was approached and convinced to step down in favor Ariko as a strategy to ensure victory by avoiding dividing the votes.

Herbert Omoding Olaboro declared that he has agreed to stepdown after he was approached and convinced by Mukula for him to support Ariko.

Joseph Ogita (independent) declared before Mukula that his joining the NRM party and also stepped down.

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