The United Democratic Party (UDP) leader, Ousainou Darboe, has today blown the whistle on President Adama Barrow, urging him to step down after the three years transition process.
He made this remark during a news conference held at their party headquarter in Manjaikunda.
Amid increased polarisation of the political space, Gambia’s former Vice-President has reechoed a decision taken by UDP National Executive, which is the party’s highest decision making body, about President Barrow’s promise to only serve three years.
“The UDP urges all the parties, including President Adama Barrow, to be faithful to the Coalition agreement,” he voiced out.
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The principal beneficiary of the Coalition 2016, he went on, is President Adama Barrow while indicating that the Gambian leader should be faithful to the agreement they have reached.
Darboe reiterated his call on Barrow to “fulfill his promise to the electorate that if he is elected President, he will serve a term of three years, step down, supervise elections and hand over the Office of the Presidency to whoever is the winner.”
He then added that the elections promises made by the Coalition flag bearer did influence Gambians in the way they voted.
The emblematic figure of the UDP seized the opportunity to clear air over possible demonstration his militants may stage in response to President Barrow’s decision to not honour his promise.
Darboe sidestepped a question about the collective #3YearsJotna, making it crystal clear that UDP is not tied to their call to protest.
“If there has to be protest, we have to consider all the conditions, and this party will meet to consider whether we should go for protest or not,” he emphasized.
Leaving the ultimate decision in the hands of President Barrow, Darboe further stated: “let his conscience guide his actions.”
National Dialogue: The Way Forward?
The United Democratic Party (UDP) leader also added his voice of calls that have been made in some quarters for the country to hold a National Dialogue.
He debunked the argument that it is too late to convene a National Dialogue.
“After all, we can organise a National Dialogue within three weeks,” he said. “For me, there is no lost opportunity.”
Darboe okayed the proposal to hold a National Dialogue that would chart the way forward. But he was quick to add: “It has to be initiated.”
“People will go to that National Dialogue with well defined position – genuine or not genuine. Probably, out of the expression of those different opinions, something beneficial will come out of it for the good of the country.”
Written by Abdoulie John