By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
The leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Lawyer Ousainou Darboe has put out a strong statement regarding his party’s success in the upcoming 2021 National Presidential Elections.
Darboe was speaking, Saturday, November 30, 2019, to party supporters in Salikenni, a small village located in Baddibu in the North Bank Region of Gambia.
“I know that the UDP is strong enough to achieve that and we must do it to show and stamp our supremacy as the party of the entire Gambia”
The UDP boss went on that; “I am confident if elections are held in this country any time, UDP will almost certainly win the first round on its own”
In order to encourage his militants, Darboe said militants should make sure they’re not left behind in this crusade, adding every vote counts.
“We must nurture our nursery beds like our young ones by encouraging them to acquire voter’s cards to translate all this strength to votes,” he noted.
He further stated that his party has over the years proven to be very pragmatic in their dealings and does not focus on theoretical actions.
“In fact, no one can match the UDP when it comes to intellectuals in all fields but our emphasis now is practicality to move this country forward.
“You have to be a serious and committed member or give way to others. Even myself, I am not exempted. I have to be true to the party or leave it,” he said.
Ousainou Darboe also commented on the country’s recent draft constitution, pointing out he does not agree with the proposal of the Minister of Local Government on issues relating to traditional leaders.
“We should stick to our traditional and cultural system of choosing our traditional leaders. No form of democratization should destroy these values that have maintained peace and harmony in our communities since time immemorial.”