By Charles Achoda
The incumbent MP for Bukedea County, George Stephen Ekuma on Tuesday lost in the NRM primaries for the seat.
His closest challenger, John Bosco Ikojo, beat him by a comprehensive margin of more than 10,000 votes.
The district NRM registrar Charles Asipo declared Ikojo winner with a convincing 18,453 votes while the incumbent polled 8,568 votes.
The results showed that Ikojo defeated Ekuma in all the six sub-counties of Bukedea district.
At the time of the declaration of the overall results, Ekuma (pictured below) was not around.
On his part, winner Ikojo commended the people of Bukedea for standing with him in what he described as tough times during the campaigns.
He said since 2011 when he showed his ambitions to be MP for Bukedea county, he has not stopped working together with the area locals.
“I thank God so much because he has finally heard and answered my prayers,” he said.
“I am now going ahead with Him and the people of Bukedea district. My victory is for the people of Bukedea who voted for me.”
Meanwhile, the incumbent woman MP for Bukedea, Rose Akol Okullu (pictured below), beat her opponents Judith Ajalo and Ketty Akello to remain on course to retaining her seat in the 2016 general elections.
According to the final results, she led in all the six sub-counties of the district.
Akol thanked the people of Bukedea for the “trust and immeasurable support, love and guidance”accorded to her since the campaigns started.
The jovial victor promised to serve her people better than before.
The NRM chairperson Bukedea, Michael Ongole thanked the people of Bukedea district for holding peaceful elections in the area.
He said that as many people had predicted election violence in the district, elections went on well without any chaos. He urged the people of Bukedea to maintain that very spirit in the national elections as well.
Tom Keith Eyaku, the DPC of Bukedea, agreed. He said elections went on peacefully throughout the district and that no person was arrested in connection to any form of violence.