National Resistance Movement- NRM party officials are reportedly persuading, Jean Mark Aporu, an independent candidate to step down from the Kotido Municipality parliamentary race. Aporu lost in the NRM party primaries to Peter Abrams Lokii and decided to go independent.
NRM party members split shortly after the primary elections that were reportedly marred with irregularities. It is now emerging that NRM party officials are pleading with Aporu to step down from the race in favor of the party candidate ahead of the July 27th polls.
The NRM party Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba reportedly approached Aporu on Tuesday to convince him to drop from the race and allow the party candidate to tussle it out with FDC's Moses Oriono Okot and Emmanuel Keem from the People's Progressive Party.
Aporu admitted attending a meeting with Lumumba in which she tried to convince to him bow out of the race. He however, says he couldn't bow down to pressure from his senior colleagues in the party.
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URN tried to speak to Lumumba on the matter in vain.
But the NRM National vice chairperson for Karamoja sub region, Simon Peter Aleper confirmed that there were attempts to convince Aporu to step down.