UDP Leader and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ousainou Darboe says those accusing him of causing the divide in the unity government that ousted President Yahya Jammeh are misinforming the people.
He has been singled out by an advisor to the president and a government minister of refusing to have a coalition majority parliament because his party will lose its popularity.
Darboe was supported by two other party leaders and ministers to have a tactical alliance, a proposal rejected by two other parties that are part of the coalition government.
The longtime UDP leader says he is “in fact the initiator of the united front…. I have my own decent way of trying to explain which things can work, so it is inappropriate for anyone to misinform the people about what is happening in the coalition camp.”
Darboe for two decades led the Gambia’s biggest opposition party. He lost four elections, which were ruled as not free or fair, against longtime strongman, Yahya Jammeh.
After the failure of a coalition in 2006 and 2011, Gambian opposition parties united in 2016 to defeat Jammeh in the polls. The coalition was led by the UDP’s Adama Barrow.
Darboe was in prison at the time after taking part in anti-government protests over the torture and killing of opposition detainees.
Gambians head to the polls to elect legislators on Thursday and Darboe’s UDP is expected to win a majority for the first time. It has not put up candidates in all constituencies and is supporting other candidates from parties like the GMC is some districts.