UDP leader promises to reach colleagues over coalition talks

The new United Democratic Party presidential candidate says they are committed to an opposition coalition.

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The new United Democratic Party presidential candidate, Adama Barrow, has revealed that his party will reach out to their opposition colleagues in an attempt to forming a coalition ahead of presidential polls slated for December 1.

Barrow, who was on Thursday named the UDP presidential candidate for the December polls, has made the statement during his acceptance speech, though he would not specify what their party’s condition (s) will be.

The Gambian opposition have had several attempts at forming a coalition but they all failed mainly due to dispute over leadership.

The UDP has been the main opposition party in the country since 1996 and it has always insisted on leading a coalition, an argument that rarely wins support from their colleagues.

“…Fellow Gambians I will be stretching my hands to other parties to come together to form a single front… It is a monumental task but we owe it to our country, to our leaders to do it and do it the right way,” Barrow said.

“In the next few days, our Executive and I would be contacting our colleagues in the other parties and other interested groups with a view to engaging in a dialogue that could lead to creating a conducive and feasible arrangement that would lead to the defeat of this government.”

Adama Barrow, 51, a native of Mankamang Kunda, a small village in the Upper River Region of Gambia, became the second ever UDP presidential candidate since the party was formed in 1996.

The party’s first leader, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, is currently serving a three-year jail term at the country’s central prison after he was found guilty on charges relating to unlawful assembly, demonstration and riot.

Below is a brief, unverified profile information of the UDP leader as provided by the party:

Barrow is native of Mankamang Kunda, a small village in the Jimara constituency, in Upper River Region.

He was born in the town of Basse and started his education from Koba Kunda primary school and then in 1981 he went to Crab Island Secondary Technical School.

After completing the secondary school leaving certificate examinations, he proceeded to Muslim High School from 1985 to 1988. 

Barrow spent most of his adult life in Banjul in the guardianship of Alhagie Momodou Musa Njie, who introduced him to entrepreneurship.

He also lived and travelled extensively in both England and Germany. 

In 2010 the National Executive of the party appointed him as Coordinator of the UDP URR Committee

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