PDOIS dismisses GDC claims over member cross-carpet

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The administrative secretary of the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), Edrisa Jallow, has dismissed claims that 81 members of his party have cross-carpeted to the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), describing it as false.

“PDOIS as a political party does not work like that,” Mr. Jallow said, explaining that his party has a procedural way of doing things.

The GDC in its recent rally in Brikama claimed that 81 militants from PDOIS have shifted allegiance to GDC, a claim PDOIS denied.

According to Mr. Jallow, members of PDOIS are registered as members and based on that, any militant who wish to resign goes through a normal procedure of tendering their resignation letters.

“As a party, we do not have the right to deny any member wishing to change allegiance to another political party. But the party has a culture of how people cross-carpet to other parties,” he stated.

He explained that anyone who resigns from PDOIS is given a letter acknowledging his/her request.

He added that his party is a responsible party and they do not just come and parade party militants in a rally, announcing their cross-carpeting to another political party.

“We should graduate from this stage and know that it is not right to just parade some people in front of a party leader and start announcing their wish of cross-carpeting to another party without verifying the authenticity of their change in allegiance.”

Author: Yusupha Jobe