By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Thursday November 7, 2019.
The United Democratic Party (UDP) on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, called on the President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow to comply with initial agreement of three (3) years of political ruling which will end this December 2019, and step down.
On December 1, 2016, seven different political parties came together to form a coalition against former President, Yahya Jammeh who refused to step down after 22 years of serving as president of the West African country, National Telegraph has been told.
Reports say Adama Barrow was chosen by the United Democratic Party as the party’s flag bearer during which Lawyer Ousainou Darboe was held captive by the ex-president.
Barrow was backed by the coalition at the presidential elections but only after President Barrow pledged to rule for only three years, sources say.
Barrow has now astonishingly changed his mind and has said he will serve for five years ‘whether one likes it or not, a move that has sparked a bitter political row.
UDP officially took a position, Wednesday, calling on Barrow to respect all four of the coalition’s agreement and that includes him leaving power next month.
“If the three years was not part of the agreement, there would have been no coalition. The UDP urges all the parties to the coalition agreement and particularly the principal beneficiary of the coalition agreement that is His Excellency President Adama Barrow to be faithful to what was agreed to by all the parties including President Adama Barrow and also for President Adama Barrow to fulfill his promises to the electorates.”
UDP leader, Ousainou Darboe said at a news conference in Manjai that Barrow promised that if he was elected president, he will serve a term of three years, step down, supervise elections and hand over the office of the presidency to whoever is elected in that elections.
President Barrow has bluntly noted that he won’t leave power after brutal preening of all UDP members from his government including his political ‘father’ Ousainou Darboe.