Darboe claims UDP won 1996 Presidential election

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Abubacar N.M.Ousaino Darboe, the leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and ex-vice-president yesterday told the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission chaired by Dr. Lamin J. Sise that he won the 1996 presidential election.

The UDP leader and erudite lawyer and solicitor of the Supreme Court of The Gambia made this revelation whilst testifying as the first witness of the 5th Session of the TRRC sitting.

Lawyer Ousainou Darboe said the UDP had massive supports throughout the length and breadth of the country as at 1996, noting that the UDP was a combination of all the political parties banned by Yahya Jammeh.

He stated that after the voting process, the collation was done at the State House and the votes cast for the UDP was given to the APRC whilst the APRC votes was given to the UDP.

The UDP leader further stated that the then PIEC chairman, Gabriel Roberts was taken hostage by the khaki boys and released after the result was declared.

“Our agents were not allowed into the counting centers and our party representatives were forcibly asked to leave the counting centers,” he said.

Darboe disclosed that the UDP decided not to go to court because the judiciary was being manipulated as going to court would further legitimise the APRC.

Darboe pointed out that the chief Justice Aghali was a waste of time as a result the UDP could not go and challenge the result at the court. 

Author: Bruce Asemota