By Yanks Dabo
If it comes to party politics in The Gambia, I’m sure many of my acquaintances on FB would attest to the fact that I am UDP to the core. However, as we approach the National Assembly elections, scheduled for April 2017, I want us all, the opposition supporters of The Gambia, to find common ground in unity and advocate and prevail on the coalition party leaders to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections, in the same united front as they approached the Presidential elections of 1 December 2016, which drove out the Dictator Yahya Jammeh to Equatorial Guinea.
I just returned from The Gambia, yesterda
y 28 February 2017, the unity of our people under the Coalition Presidency of President Adama Barrow, is paramount and crucial to the promotion and sustaining of unity among our people, peace and progression of the country, during this trying times of our county.
There is a serious threat of divisions in The Gambia along the Mandinka – Jola tribal lines, an unfortunate legacy of Yahya Jammeh’s 22 years of divide and rule dictatorship. The least Gambia needs, at present, is to further broaden those fault lines into Mandinka-Jola-Fula and Wolof tribal lines, which is the risk, if the coalition should further disintegrate or gives the impression of such.
For this reason, in the interest of national unity, I think we must all abdicate our political party interests for the greater good of our country’s national interest and unity just for the next five years. At that point the memory of Yahya Jammeh’s legacy would have been a distance past!
The diaspora Gambians have played an important role in bringing and achieving the coalition that defeated Jammeh on December 1st, 2016, we can achieve the same in the upcoming parliamentary elections of April 2017.
To achieve this, we ourselves must remain united behind the coalition and make the same clear to our various party leaders that we want our victorious coalition of December 1st, 2016 to be victorious again in the upcoming April 2017, parliamentary elections.