Omar Jallow, the leader of the PPP Party said the injustice in The Gambia should prompt opposition parties to put aside partisanship and individual ambitions to become an allied force that will confront and bring an end to the regime of President Yahya Jammeh.
Jallow who decried the jailing of the UDP leader Ousainou Darboe said he is determined to deny President Jammeh a fifth term in office through a coalition but demanded a primary with an equal number of representations from all parties.
Statisticians say the demand is disproportionate.
Jallow was a former minister during the thirty year rule of the PPP regime under Sir Dawda Jawara.
The Gambia under Mr Jawara was regarded a democracy and an example to other nations as a beacon of human rights and justice.
Jallow said The Gambia, which is home to the African Rights Charter and the African Rights Commission has lost the glory under the dictatorial rule of President Yahya Jammeh.
Jammeh, a former bodyguard to Sir Dawda Jawara ousted the PPP regime in a bloodless coup on a quite July 1994 Friday morning. Torture, extra judicial executions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, repression and intimidation became since.
PPP leader said Gambians “are fed up” with Mr Jammeh’s rule but Jammeh has used the courts and even the country’s parliament to entrench himself in power.
Omar Jallow said it is up to the opposition not to fail Gambians anymore.
“I have said it on many occasions both within the Gambia and abroad that if Jammeh wins in 2016 nobody should congratulate him or his party. They should congratulate the opposition leaders for failing the Gambian people by not coming together to salvage this country.”
A former close aid of President Jammeh, Col Lamin Gano said the Gambia’s opposition is morally ans ethically responsible for Jammeh’s perpetual stay in power.
“……..they could have stopped him peacefully and constitutionally by uniting but they failed to do so by following their egos and selfish political goals at the detriment of the trials and tribulations of the Gambian people,” the former military officer said.
Talks between opposition parties to form a coalition since 2006 have repeatedly failed. Recent talks after boycotting parliamentary elections since 2012 stalled. Parliamentary polls were boycotted after the opposition lost presidential votes. No action followed the boycotts which ECOWAS ruled as not free and fair. New electoral guidelines made it financially unattainable for the opposition to deny President Jammeh a landslide on their own and a possibility of a coalition seem unattainable yet again.
(Reporting from Banjul; Writing by Sainey MK Marenah; Sam Phatey contributed to this report; Editing by Sam Phatey)