The top leaders of the United Democratic Party, Ousainou Darboe and Dembo Bojang, have denied rumors of a rift within their party hierarchy, saying their relations couldn’t be better.
Speaking to a pro-UDP online television call Menbekering, Bojang who is affectionately call Dembo By Force said people who claim there is a rift between him and Darboe are only trying to “tarnish their image”.
“I can tell you…, there is no iota of truth in all what they say. I am in good term with Ousainou Darboe. Some people are peddling these lies to tarnish our image,” Bojang said.
“No, there is no problem at all, because I am still the National President of the party and Ousainou is our party leader and Secretary General.”
Darboe also said he is in talking terms with Bojang. However, the UDP leader qualified “members” with a preceding word “genuine”, suggesting there might have been those who are against him internally.
“I am in good term with the entire executive and genuine members of the UDP and those who are peddling these lies that I am not in good talking term with Dembo and others, they just wish that to happen, but that has never happened and is not happening,” Darboe said.
Reports of a rift in the UDP began circulating online following the formation of the Barrow Youth Movement, a group that most think has come to advocate for the young leader to form his own party.
Barrow, a UDP member and presidential candidate for 2016, has been backed to the presidency in December 2016 by a coalition of 7 political parties and an independent candidate.
However, even UDP supporters such as Ahmed Gitteh appeared to have been part of the underground movement that advocates for Barrow to contest another election.
The Gambian leader who is almost sure to violate his 3-year agreement with the coalition, given the support he has to that end, will likely test the resolve of Gambians to stand for another term, many analysts said.
Aside from the rift over the Barrow candidature, the UDP also struggles to address the anger in Kombo where a great number of people claim they have been left out by the Barrow administration.
Prominent Kombonkas such as Banka Manneh and Waa Juwara have voiced their concerns over this. Aside from the rift over the Barrow candidature, the UDP also struggles to address the anger in Kombo where a great number of people claim they have been left out by the Barrow administration.