The United Democratic Party UDP is in total disarray. Its leader Ousainou Darboe has resorted to calling out his own UDP MPs—accusing them of switching allegiance to Gambia’s incumbent President Adama Barrow. A frustrated Mr. Darboe has went as far as calling on the UDP MPs to resign from the party and test their popularity in future by-elections. Darboe is increasingly being isolated by his own MPS in Parliament. He is no longer in control.
Darboe’s declaration has confirmed that he is no longer in charge of the UDP. The UDP party has been divided. President Barrow has taken over a greater chunk of that party’s base. This is an irrefutable fact that Darboe and his disciples wouldn’t accept. But that is the reality.
Incumbency in Africa usually gives sitting Presidents an added advantage over their opponents. The moment Darboe and his colleagues were dropped off from President Barrow’s bus, that’s the time that they started facing the realities of bouncing back into opposition activism.
The least Darboe and his UDP Executive members can do is to expel the UDP MPs, whose loyalty and allegiance to the party is being questioned. Expelling them, might be construed as undemocratic and dictatorial. Hence, Darboe, has decided to mount pressure on them to consider leaving the party.
President Barrow and his team must be having a good laugh. Darboe’s statement epitomizes—a confused and disappointed party leader.
The UDP folks are tired of being in the opposition, one former prominent UDP member told us. “Barrow is our Barrow. It would be foolhardy on our part to abandon a man, who came from us. We are with Barrow,” said the former UDP member.
UDP has been obsessed with publicizing their rallies on social media. Recent reports suggest that the party’s base has been declining drastically. Many have switched allegiance their to team Barrow.
Darboe and the UDP are in trouble politically. The UDP parting company with Barrow was suicidal on the part of the UDP.