Gulu- Democratic Party president Norbert Mao who is currently rallying support for the Go Forward pressure group presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has said he will campaign for the Forum for Democratic Change presidential flag bearer, Dr Kizza Besigye in case of a re-run in the elections.
He said if Mr Mbabazi and Dr Besigye deny NRM flag bearer, Mr Yoweri Museveni the 50 plus vote percentage in the coming elections, he will have no problem rallying behind Dr Besigye.
Mr Mao told Daily Monitor in an interview at the weekend that it won’t matter who among the opposition candidates will be elected president as long as Mr Museveni is voted out.
“I ask Ugandans not to vote Mr Museveni, we want to see a re-run in this election and in this case, the support will go to Dr Besigye in the next round,” Mr Mao said.
“This is not the time for the Opposition members to be divided. The motive now for us is to be stronger and eliminate Mr Museveni once and for all in this office he has held for long,” Mr Mao added.
The DP leader stressed that he is being criticised for betraying Acholi people when he decided to support Mbabazi arguing that it was for a reason.
Mr Simon Toolit, the Gulu District FDC party chairperson, welcomed Mr Mao’s move saying uprooting dictatorial regime needs flexible leaders.“As FDC party, we don’t have any problem with any one coming to support our candidate as long the move is to cause regime change,” Mr Toolit said.
Mr Mao was the Gulu Municipality MP between 1996-2006, and later the Gulu District chairperson, 2006-2011.
His nomination in November last year to contest for the Gulu Municipality MP seat was blocked by the Electoral Commission after his name was missing on the national voters register.