The UDP leader Ousainou Darboe says it is up to President Adama Barrow to decide as to whether he (Barrow) should form a political alliance with dictator Jammeh’s former ruling APRC party. Darboe warns that such a political merger between Barrow and the APRC, would carry a lot of messy baggage—given what he calls “ the massive human rights atrocities linked to Jammeh and his former APRC government.” Darboe was speaking during an interview with Star FM radio.
Lawyer Darboe says the misguided argument being spewed by Jammeh’s political operatives “that most of the crimes being linked to Jammeh, happened during the era of the military rule” was not only misleading, but totally false. He opines that to the contrary, the majority of the crimes being linked to Jammeh, happened during the APRC rule and not during the defunct AFPRC military junta. He cited the alleged murder Alhagie Mamut Ceesay, and Ebou Jobe, and a host of other crimes committed during Jammeh’s rule. Darboe also cited the recent revelations emerging at the TRRC to back up his claims.
“It would be suicidal politically, for President Barrow to team up with the APRC. But the choice is his; It is up to Adama Barrow to decide that. Jammeh and his APRC have been linked to so many atrocities. If Jammeh cannot come back home and face the TRRC, he should consider testifying via a video link and admit to his crimes. I have forgiven him; but there are people he wronged in this country; he should apologize to them,” Darboe remarked.
Mr. Darboe also said he cannot rule out completely as to whether his party is going to form an alliance with other parties in the coming elections. But he says, their wish is to capture 51% of the votes in the first round of the polls.
“In the event, we couldn’t capture the 51% of the votes during the first round, we may consider other options,” he said.
Darboe also says the UDP is waiting for the Chairman of the Independent Elections to announce election dates. He says his party is more than ready to partake in future elections.
“It is up to the IEC to announce election dates. I defended the five-year constitutional mandate that was given to the President to rule; because of my role as a lawyer. The three year agreement is not legally binding,” Darboe said, adding that his pronouncement on the matter doesn’t represent the position of the UDP.