Collation of the January 14 presidential election results in Uganda that pitched incumbent President, Yoweri Museveni whose 35-year reign is being challenged majorly by former popstar cum lawmaker, Bobi Wine is underway.
While the Internet has been shutdown for the past three days in the East-Central African country, Bobi Wine has managed to get to Twitter’s trend table and has been lauded by many as a poster boy for many African youths who might be looking to change the political status quo in their respective countries.
The 39-year-old had in a short time rose to become a major critic of the government and the face of the opposition among 11 other presidential hopefuls.
Museveni has been president of Uganda since 1986. He was involved in the rebellions that toppled dictator, Idi Amin before he captured power.
However, contrary to reports on social media that Bobi Wine is leading in the polls, local and international media have reported that Museveni is in a early lead having garnered over 60 per cent of votes counted so far.
Bobi Wine has rejected the results with claims of widespread fraud, violence and election rigging.
Eko Hot Blog culled some reactions from twitter users:
The face of COURAGE. BOBI WINE pic.twitter.com/1V1xFDH5gg
— Joseph Friks (@JFriks) January 15, 2021
BOBI WINE !!!
— Davido (@davido) January 14, 2021
"Even if Bobi Wine does not win these elections, nature will resolve Museveni.. The Future is on the side of Bobi Wine"
— Julius Malema pic.twitter.com/5PedNOEYOD
— Mohapi Setenane (@MohapiSetenane) January 14, 2021
Bobi wine is a huge motivation to African youth and I pray he wins the election… pic.twitter.com/40Yh4D5vUg
— Kingofuyo 📸💡👿 (@KingOfUyo) January 14, 2021
1. I’m in love with the PEACEFUL REVOLUTION going on in Uganda, through the ballot.#ThankASoldier – a 35 year-old Bobi Wine dared to dream. He dared status quo. He challenged the establishment. He has empowered young generation of Africans. For me, that’s more than a WIN!!✊ pic.twitter.com/0Bc54AmjPy
— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) January 15, 2021
Meet Bobi Wine When president Museveni took over as Uganda president he was only 4 years old Today he's 39years & he's working hard to end Museveni’s 35 year rule in Uganda
A thread #UgandaDecides2021 #DictatorshipMustFall pic.twitter.com/zto58919ty
— Nigel Mwatseteza 🇿🇼🇳🇬😷🗯 (@nigel_waleazy) January 15, 2021
Most African Presidents are seriously wishing and praying that Bobi Wine does not outshine Museveni. It'll be a bad example to show the African youths that, it's possible to unseat the old, powerdrunk, bloody dictators.
But revolution has no expiry!
— Oluwa Mi Shindara (@AdeyinkaAdeshi6) January 15, 2021
It's heart-warming that a 35-year-old young man is leading the charge for a change in Uganda.
His success will send a message to these old African leaders that the youths have woken up.
— K A Y 🇳🇬🇨🇦 (@Kaylechi_) January 14, 2021
This man @HEBobiwine has ignited such a fire in Uganda, that has sent African governments trembling over the power of determination in Youths. Young people must rise up because they're the future!
Praying for peaceful elections in Uganda.
Bobi Wine#UgandaDecides pic.twitter.com/35Kcnk2m1Q
— Anyamah Douglas (@danyamah) January 14, 2021
Bobi has shown us the power of the youth, let's not be overpowered by money,, bobi must win.
Like for BoI Wine
— Oscar Mukabwa (@Oscarmukabwa) January 14, 2021