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The opposition talks

Oct 19, 2011, 1:32 PM

The failure by opposition leaders in the country to agree on forming a united front, ahead of the forthcoming presidential election, is once again another clear indication of the lack of unity among them.

This failure, which has left most of their supporters confused, should be an indication of what they should expect from the presidential election next month, and National Assembly elections early next year.

We have highlighted on these pages, on several occasions, that the leadership of the UDP, NRP, NADD, GPDP, PDOIS, PPP and GMC must have realised that their division is not only an advantage to the APRC, but spells doom for any chances of them making it to State House.

When talks by opposition party leaders were announced last month, many members and supporters of the opposition were happy that they had finally found the formula to oust the APRC from power.

However, when the failure of the talks were announced this week, many supporters of the opposition virtually found themselves in disarray; were utterly confused as to which of the opposition factions they should support, now that they have failed to come together - whether what is left of NADD or UDP or NRP.

With just five weeks to go before the next presidential elections, there is still no sign that the opposition will ever come together to contest the election.

Yet, considering the mistrust and animosity that exists between and among the leadership of the opposition in this country, it would be quite hard to imagine them ironing out their differences and coming together to fight the elections, in whatever form.

There are, indeed, those who believe that even if they succeed in forming an alliance, it would still be too late for them to make an impact, or for them to regain the momentum that they lost after their talks failed.

Whatever the case, the APRC hierarchy is enjoying every bit of what is going on, and perhaps they may be praying that it intensifies to the point that the talks totally collapse.

Indeed, as things stand at present, even if some of the parties try to continue with the talks, the fact that the parties themselves have announced a failure in the talks, must have certainly dealt quite a deadly blow to any dream of presenting a united opposition candidate against President Jammeh in the forthcoming presidential election.

Definitely, as things stand now, it is hard to see how such a divided opposition can defeat the APRC.

“We dropped out of most of the shroud community because of the politics and backbiting and refusal to work as a team.”

Rebecca Jackson