As Adama Barrow is set to commission the trans Gambia Sene-Gambian bridge on January 21st with his Senegalese counterpart President Macky Sall of Senegal, Gambia’s De Facto Vice President and Leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) Ousainou Darboe, has embarked on a tour of the Badibus, in the North Bank Region of The Gambia, FREEDOM NEWSPAPER CAN REVEAL. Darboe left Banjul today for Badibu India. He has been adopted “Father” by the villagers of Badibu India. Darboe will spend a night in Farafenni. He is expected to address a political rally there.
Relationship between Darboe and Barrow is rocky at this time. It is not cordial at all. Darboe believes that Barrow is trying to take over his UDP party. He has also convinced himself that Barrow wants to prolong his stay in office—with attempts to annex the UDP base into his new political platform called “ The Barrow Youth Movement.”
Meanwhile, calls have been made in Whatapp forums for the UDP party color not to be used to welcome Barrow, when he shows up in Badibu, later this month to open the bridge. The UDP supporters want Barrow’s followers to use the Coalition government color since Barrow has announced that he doesn’t belong to any political party.
If the situation is not managed properly, it might result to a showdown between the two camps. Reports have it that Darboe’s tour is aimed at consolidating the UDP in the Badibus, where Barrow has spent a lot of money to land support from the populace. Some of the folks who received money from Barrow’s surrogates are still loyal to Darboe’s UDP, we have been told.