The elected UDP Administrative Secretary for External Affairs Tombong Saidy faced a challenge at the party’s Congress, as delegates from Banjul wanted Mayoress Rohey Malick Lowe to occupy the said seat, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Earlier on, Modou Sarr of Banjul, was being propped up to put up a challenge against Saidy’s candidature. But that decision was aborted by the delegates from Banjul. The Banjul delegates decided to replace Sarr with Mayoress Rohey Malic Lowe—hoping that Ms. Lowe’s political cloud can outshine Tombong Saidy at the Congress. Saidy is a former Gambian Diplomat. He also served as Director General of The Gambia Radio and Television Services.
Ms. Lowe was subsequently nominated to run for the position of UDP Administrative Secretary for External Affairs. Her nomination was not greeted with a huge applause. The overwhelming UDP delegates at the Congress weren’t attracted to her nomination to challenge Tombong. Few people clapped for her when her name was announced.
Tombong Saidy stole the show at the Congress. He was accorded a standing ovation once his named was announced as a prospective candidate for the Congress. Rohey Malick Lowe was advised to withdraw her candidature to avoid embarrassment. She complied.
Tombong was already guaranteed to win the 980 votes out of the 1060 delegates, scheduled to take part in the voting, we were told. He won the election unopposed.
Also present at the closing of UDP Congress on Sunday was Mama Kandeh, the leader of The Gambia Democratic Congress Party (GDC). Leaders and representatives of other political parties were also in attendance.
The newly elected UDP Executive will take full charge of the party’s affairs with effect from today. Ousainou Darboe is the elected Secretary General and Leader of the UDP.