The UDP says its party leaders have started a campaign to secure the majority in the Gambia’s parliament after the ouster of the longstanding ruler, Yahya Jammeh.
Jammeh’s APRC had maintained a majority in the Gambia’s National Assembly since he came to power in 1994. He was defeated in the December presidential elections.
The UDP is part of the eight opposition groups that united to give Jammeh a shocking defeat. It has, however, come under scrutiny for dividing the coalition.
PPP leader and Minister for Agriculture Omar Jallow took a swipe at UDP leader and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ousainou Darboe for refusing to have a coalition-led parliament.
Darboe, supported by GMC leader and Interior Minister, Mai Ahmad Fatty and NRP leader and Tourism Minister, Hamat Bah suggested a tactical alliance, which was opposed by Jallow and a special adviser to the president and PDOIS leader, Halifa Sallah.
UDP is favored to secure a majority in the parliament but not enough to meet the quorum needed to pass a bill without support from others.
Gambia’s President Adama Barrow is also on tour, urging citizens to vote for ‘coalition candidates.’ Although there are no coalition candidates, according to the electoral commission, Barrow is seeking mainly not to have the former ruling party candidates elected.
Darboe is not on tour with President Barrow. He will be part of the UDP campaign, which will start in the country’s North Bank Region on Sunday. The campaign will take them to all the 53 constituencies across the country.