The presidential candidate for The Gambia’s largest opposition party said on Thursday political leaders in the country must unite and bring an end to the country’s long time ruler, President Yahya Jammeh’s administration.
Adama Barrow, 51, an accountant and real estate entrepreneur appealed to leaders of other political parties to unite for a common cause.
“I wish to appeal to all Gambians, especially leaders of other parties, to unite together and lead a common cause,” Barrow said in his acceptance speech in Banjul.
The UDP is expected to reach out to other political parties in the coming days.
Barrow said it is time to reclaim the country.
At least three other opposition parties have presented their candidates this summer and two other independent candidates have emerged including a renowned women’s right activist, Dr. Isatou Touray.
It is the first time in 20 years that the UDP has a new flag bearer other than Human Rights lawyer Ousainou Darboe.
The Gambia’s opposition is deeply divided but many within the opposition have called for a primary to a select a non-partisan independent candidate to lead the country for a transitional one term.