Allegations are rife that the UDP’s local government primaries were rigged, which some of the party’s supporters vowing to make the political powerhouse suffer a humiliating defeat in the hand of the opposition.
During the primaries for the Kanifing Municipality, senior party officials, including the party’s deputy leader and regional chair, Ounda Nyang were seen celebrating Talib Besouda’s first-round win and politicking among delegates, angry supporters alleged.
A petition has been sent by Mustapha Touray and his supporters demanding that the UDP rescind the choosing of Bensouda as its nominee for Mayor of the Kanifing Municipality.
The Standard Newspaper reported that petitioners stated that the deputy party leader was seen jubilating before the second round even started.
Nyang, the Regional Chair was seen trying to convince Magidi Touray, a candidate that was defeated in the first round to endorse Bensouda.
According to their petition, Nyang was expected to be neutral during the process and his actions had undue influence on the outcome of the primaries.
Bensouda’s supporters violated guidelines for the primaries by camping in areas meant for Congress delegates and flaunting their campaign materials.
UDP electoral officials also allowed them to mount a campaign during the primaries, which violated the neutrality rule of the electoral process.
UDP is yet to respond to the petition and continues to present Bensouda as its pick for the mayorship of the Kanifing Municipality. At least half a dozen people are seeking the mayorship and the divide can threaten UDP’s attempt to win the country’s commercial hub.