May 19, 2017, 10:54 AM
six meetings at the Kairaba Beach Hotel in their quest to form a coalition for
the forthcoming presidential election, the country’s opposition parties are yet
to agree on any solid result.
Yesterday’s meeting at the Kairaba Beach Hotel did not, yet again, produce any solid result, as the opposition representatives re-scheduled the meeting until Friday 14 October, at 4pm.
Speaking to journalists, Alhagie S. Darboe, representing the United Democratic Party (UDP), said for them to get their party executives informed to sign the agreement was “difficult”, as this was due to the tour they embarked on.
“I, therefore, requested the talks to be adjourned till a later date, when all the party leaders will be present, and in that way we will finally come out with something agreeable and solid for all of the opposition parties,” he said.
Omar Jallow (OJ) of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), who was so furious about the adjournment of the meeting, said: “Today the world is waiting for us and, if we did not agree today, what are we going to say to people who are waiting and watching us?”
He said: “I will leave this room today as a very sad man, because what I cannot understand is that on Sunday we all agreed on something, and we said today that thing will be unveiled. So what has happened, and why we cannot agree today?”
Representatives of other opposition parties at the talks expressed similar sentiments.