Several people have thrown around their names as the candidate for the United Democratic Party in the upcoming local government elections.
At least several people have been, especially in the Kanifing Municipality have paraded themselves as “the UDP candidate.”
Well, UDP leader Ousainou Darboe is saying otherwise. Darboe said the party has not made promises to anyone guaranteeing them of becoming their candidate for the local government polls.
“We are made to understand that many people are vying for the position of mayor under UDP ticket but the party did not promise anybody yet. The councils are not yet dissolved and it is only after that the party will start its selection process,” Darboe said.
The mayoral race for the Kanifing Municipality is already overcrowded. At least 10 people have made public their intention to grab the mayoral seat of the borough that is home to Gambia’s commercial metropolis, Serrekunda.
The race for the mayor of the capital city, Banjul is also following in the footsteps of Kanifing, gradually becoming crowded.
Two people are known to be among more than a dozen politicians that have applied to become UDP candidates. Papa Njie who is seeking to become Mayor of the Kanifing Municipality is selling himself as the party’s candidate and so is Rohey Malick Lowe in Banjul.
A failure to secure the UDP approval could be devastating to the candidates, whose main plan is to secure an easy win through the country’s largest political party in a nation where people often vote based on party lines.