The United Democratic Party UDP has expelled Sheriffo Sonko, the Chairman of the Brikama Area Council (BAC) from their party, with immediate effect, a letter issued by the party’s Central Committee, has stated, Freedom Newspaper can report. The decision was communicated to Mr. Sonko by Lamin Ndambou Dibba, the UDP Senior Administrative Secretary. “I am therefore directed by the UDP Central Committee to inform you that having failed to deliver your written explanation within the specified period and also failing to give satisfactory explanation in your letter of 18th June 2020 why you should not be expelled from the party, it has accordingly resolved to expel you from the United Democratic Party (UDP) with immediate effect,” said Lamin Dibba.
Mr. Sonko was given seven days ultimatum to respond to the UDP letter, which had asked him to explain as to why he should not expelled from their party. Sonko responded, and in turn called for the resignation of the UDP leadership, including Ousainou Darboe. He contends that he hasn’t done anything that should warrant the party to expel him from the UDP.
Now the UDP is saying that Sonko’s membership with the party, hasn’t been recognized. His letter of response has been dismissed by the party, as unacceptable.
“I am therefore directed by the UDP Central Committee to inform you that notwithstanding your failure to deliver your written explanation within the period specified in the letter dated 10th June 2020, it has nonetheless considered the explanation but finds no merit in it,” said Mr. Dibba.
This is the second time that Sheriffo Sonko has been expelled from the UDP. His first expulsion was rescinded. This followed the party’s failure to accord Sonko, a fair hearing as dictated by the UDP constitution.
“By a copy of this letter, the Chairman Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Vice Chairman of Brikama Area Council and the Governor West Coast Region are accordingly being informed of your expulsion from the United Democratic Party (UDP) for any appropriate action they may deem necessary to take,” Dibba stated.
Below is the UDP expulsion that was addressed to Sheriffo Sonko.