The Leader of the opposition People’s Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism ( PDOIS) Party leader Halifa Sallah, has challenged Ousainou Darboe or anyone doubting the credibility of the three year transition period Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which was signed by the opposition before president Adama Barrow ascended into the presidency in 2016. Mr. Sallah, who is the MP for Serrekunda, told newsmen in Banjul on Thursday that President Adama Barrow, has made an undertaking to contest the past elections, as an independent candidate, and was supposed to serve for three years when elected into office. He strongly rebuffed Ousainou Darboe’s claims that the MOU was never signed.
” If anybody wants to challenge me, can come before the national TV and me engage in a debate. I don’t want any outside interviews anymore,” Sallah posited. Mr. Sallah readout the MOU that was agreed by the opposition leaders to the press to justify his argument.
Mr. Sallah said the opposition decided to come together due to the increasing demand for change of political leadership in the country. He said Gambia’s economy, and democratic credentials were in tatters under Jammeh’s rule. Hence, he said, the parties that formed the opposition alliance including Ousainou Darboe’s party came together to challenge Jammeh in the past polls.
Mr. Sallah noted that while the MOU was being signed Ousainou Darboe was in jail. He said Darboe’s party representative signed the MOU, which led to the nomination of Adama Barrow, as an independent candidate after the successful convening of an opposition convention.
Mr. Sallah wondered why the press should waste their time worrying themselves on issues that are immaterial. He said the MOU was signed and the press ought to have ask for the MOU documents before confronting Darboe on the matter.
Mr. Sallah warns that it would have been bad if the opposition had not come together to defeat Jammeh in the polls, adding that the country was already destroyed by the dictator. He said the country was heavily indebted under Jammeh’s rule.
He thanked UDP’S Dembo Bye Force Bojang, Aji Yam Secka, and Alhagie Darboe for the instrumental role they played towards the formation of the opposition merger.
Mr. Sallah said he was not out to claim glory for the recent political change. He said what’s imperative is that the Gambia has change for good.
Mr. Sallah also said if repeated lies are left unchallenged it might be construed as the truth. Hence, he said, he decided to set the record straight in regards to that was MOU signed by the opposition.