Darboe accuses coalition members for violating 2017 NA elections agreement

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Secretary general and leader for the United Democratic Party (UDP) has blamed his fellow coalition members for violating the 2016 agreed coalition parliamentary elections strategy against the opposition Alliance for Patriotic, Reorientation and Construction in the said National Assembly elections.

Lawyer Ousainou Darboe made these remarks at a recent congress convened by the UDP women wing and was attended by thousands of its party loyalties held over the weekend in Brikama.

He stated: “There are people going around the country and also having radio talk shows especially on (Star FM radio) accusing me of violating the 2016 coalition parliamentary election approach. So I want you to listen carefully to what I am going to say and you can make judgment on who has violated the coalition parliamentary election strategy. This is because after this rally, I am not going to accept any interview on this particular issue.

Darboe define the exact meaning of coalition in simpler term as oppose to those who brand it otherwise, saying in essence, a coalition simply means coming together as different parties with one objective of winning presidential seat or having the majority in the house of Assembly against any opposition party.

This, he said, also includes putting together their resources, plans and energies for the progress of the coalition.

“And guess what they said that all parties should run under independent ticket in the said parliamentary elections. What we want before as a party was any political party that has a strong support in any constituency would be given a chance to nominate a candidate for the coalition in the National Assembly elections. But others from different parties within the coalition went on to say, no, if we agreed on that, UDP as a party would have more parliamentarians. So that is the time we also said we will not agree as far as you did not agree on the plan. But at that moment already, we had pledged to give chance to other parties to nominate their candidate for the said elections. So who has violated the coalition parliamentary election agreement is the question we all should know? And you can also see other parties like GMC and GPDP will have representatives in the National Assembly,” he stated.

Author: Yusupha Jobe