GDC open to dialogue on draft Constitution

Dec 23, 2020, 11:15 AM | Article By: Pa Modou Cham

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of The Gambia Democratic Party (GDC) Ahmadou Kah has told The Point that his party is open for dialogue on the failed draft Constitution for the benefit of the nation.

Dwelling on the outcome of the meeting between the former Nigerian president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and leaders of the different political parties in a move to bring back the draft constitution, Mr. Kah stated that the arrival of ex-Nigerian statesman was to listen to different political parties, in order to understand their views on why some are against the draft Constitution.

"Dr.Goodluck Jonathan and team were more of listeners and they were not descriptive. What they were doing was to relate some of the issues we talk about with international standard or countries that have passed through the same process."

He affirmed that it was very important because all political parties were able to express their positions and sentiments with regards to the failed draft Constitution.

"Many issues were spoken, relating to citizenship, the appointment of ministers, engagement of the president, the issue of term limits, retirement of judges and the issues of civic and economic rights."

The GDC, he said, is now open for discussion, as they believe that as a people, there is need to understand each other and talk about issues.

GDC spokesman added that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and his team have adjourned the discussion and promised to come back sometime after the Christmas.

"They promised that when they come back, they will come with strong proposal where political parties can engage directly into negotiation to see the draft constitution pass."

PRO Kah while reiterating his party’s openness for dialogue, made it clear that party's differences shouldn't withhold the Constitution.