“Macky Sall must not boycott the coalition”

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

President of Senegalese coalition in The Gambia has reminded the Alliance for the Republic (APR) party of President Macky Sall not see themselves as the majority, calling on them to always observe the memorandum of understanding that all the coalition parties signed.

Speaking during a political rally held over the weekend at Latrikunda Sabiji, Mahfous Dicko said President Sall’s achievement in his first term in office has availed him a chance of winning the forthcoming elections but “his party must not boycott the coalition.”

Mr. Dicko also reminded President Sall that he should not forget Senegal nationals residing in The Gambia.  “We are the electorates and he should always support us. I am urging him to send in a delegation to put a stop to this in order to enable the coalition to win with a landslide,” he said.

Senegal will head to the pools in February 2019 for presidential elections. Eighty-one Senegalese citizens including incumbent President Macky Sall, have expressed interest to run for the country’s top job.

Supporters of President Sall’s coalition- Benno Bokk Yakaar in The Gambia have faulted his APR party for disregarding the memorandum of understanding that they all signed.

The ruling Benno Bokk Yakaar coalition was formed prior to the 2012 legislative election. The name translates as “United in Hope” in the widely spoken Wolof language. The coalition won a commanding majority in the 2012 polls, securing 119 of the 150 seats in the past legislative elections.

According to the coalition members, the MOU binds all of them and they should all work for the interest of President Sall to enable him secure a landslide victory in the forthcoming presidential elections.

They said they will campaign vigorously to ensure over 9,000 votes for President Sall out of the 13,000 registered voters in The Gambia.

“We are not happy with the APR because they are disregarding the coalition MOU. Just recently, President Sall sent his fisheries minister to come to The Gambia for us to nominate President Sall. We nominated President Sall for the next year elections,” Mor Mbengue Mbaye of the GMAAP party said.

“We are calling on President Sall to send a delegation to The Gambia in a bid to remedy this situation. We voted him in the 2012 presidential elections and we are ready to give him a landslide victory in the first round of the elections next year. The coalition should not be divided because that may weaken their efforts,” he said.

Mbya expressed their readiness to embark on a nationwide campaign for President Sall in which they will visit major settlements including Basse, Soma, Gunjur, Serrekunda, Albreda, Latrikunda and Brikama.

Dodou Jatta, national chairman of the Party Socialist (PS) in The Gambia called on the APR party to come back and join the coalition to avoid being defeated in the agenda of the coalition.

Sam Cham of the Yusu Ndour movement Fekema Chi Bolle also made similar comments. 

Author: Sanna Jallow