Forum for Democratic Change President and flag bearer for the just concluded Presidential Elections, Mr Patrick Oboi Amuriat, has said that they will not challenge the Presidential Elections results in court.
Of the eleven presidential candidates in the race for the big office, Amuriat came in third place after only managing to gather 323,536 votes translating to 3.24% of the total number of votes.
Amuriat came in third place behind NUP’s Kyagulanyi Sentamu who came second and National Resistance Movement’s (NRM) Yoweri Museveni who won the race with a staggering 58.64%.
All the opposition candidates have since refused to conceed the defeat to Mr. Museveni who was declared winner with 5,851,037 votes while National Unity Platform’s (NUP) Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, alias Bobi Wine, got 3,475,298 votes.
The FDC party rejected the results just like other opposition blocks but has decided not to go to court saying it would be a complete waste of time.
“As the FDC, we want to reject this election results with the contempt that it deserves. These are results that will not occupy any space in our minds or any space in our shelves. I feel totally dissatisfied with what took place,”Mr. Patrick Oboi Amuriat, FDC Party President
Amuriat said that in rejecting the results, one would think that it would be obviou for the party to seek court redress but to him it is a laughable idea, going to a Museveni-ordained and supervised court to report him.
“In rejecting the election results, somebody may say that you seem to have the evidence, why don’t you go to court? To me that is laughable. We can never go to a Museveni-ordained and supervised court. We will never subject ourselves going on our knees before an election thief because he is the one who is going to determine what happens in the courts,”Mr. Patrick Oboi Amuriat, FDC Party President
The FDC party however promised to go to what they referred to as ‘courts of public opinion’ and also engage other party leaders to inform the next course of action in relation to the results that were released.
“We will be going to the court of public opinion, the owners of the votes whose powers that (Simon Byabakama) was used to take away.”Mr. Patrick Oboi Amuriat, FDC Party President
Amuriat, however, did not specify what exactly the courts of public opinion entailed but urged even other opposition candidates not to bother going to court, claiming they would not yield to their expectations.