The United Democratic Party (UDP) Secretary General, Ousainou Darboe, has called on President Adama Barrow to step down after his government fell short to secure the majority of votes needed for the draft Constitution to stay on course.
The UDP leader made this remark during a press conference held on Wednesday at his residence located along Kairaba avenue.
Last Tuesday, the draft Constitution was rejected by the country’s lawmaking body, dashing hopes for a Third Republic. The turn of events have triggered wave of reactions in the country and abroad.
As National People’s Party (NPP) supporters are reportedly celebrating and rejoicing at the rejection of draft Constitution, lawyer Darboe took a swipe at them, saying they are celebrating Barrow’s failure.
“It is their President who brought it (the draft Constitution) to the National Assembly. So, when it failed, it is their government that had failed. Not UDP,” Darboe told reporters in an attempt to shutdown President Barrow’s supporters.
He went further to say that his party was helping President Barrow throughout the entire process as illusrated by the ‘Yes’ vote endorsed by the UDP MPs.
He then added: “They (NPP supporters) have not only betrayed the Gambian people but also President Barrow.”
Far from holding punches back, Darboe clearly stated that gov’ts resign over failure of their major policy.
Darboe called on the leadership of the NPP to take time to educate their militants on legislative processes.
Diving into the country’s political history, UDP’s Ousainou Darboe cited the political leadership displayed in 1966-67 by the late Sir Dawda K. Jawara.
He said when Jawara’s initiative to change the status from a Dominion to a Republic was voted down at a referendum, he subsequently resigned.
“That is what should happen if they (gov’t) have any conscience,” he emphasized.
Written by Abdoulie John
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