In this special Leral Show Edition, we present to you two prominent leaders of Gambia’s main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP). UDP Deputy Leader Aji Yam Secka and UDP National President Dembo By-Force Bojang, have commented on a wide range of burning issues: The illegal jailing of Ousainou Darboe and co; the party’s ongoing efforts to identify a potential flag-bearer in the upcoming Presidential elections; foreigners dominating The Gambian Bench; Mama Kandeh’s new political party GDC; Mr. Bojang’s prior knowledge about GDC’S existence before its official formation; the situation of governance in the country; the collapsed economy, just to name a few.

Both Aji Yam Secka and Dembo By-Force spoke eloquently during the hours long interview in Wollof and Mandinka respectively. The phone call bill was footed at our own expense.  

Mr. Dembo Bojang said the UDP has started receiving applications for the position of  a UDP flag bearer. The party’s Central Committee has been tasked with the responsibility of determining the most outstanding and “sellable” candidate to represent the party at the ballot box come December, Mr. Bojang said. Notwithstanding, he said, Mr. Darboe, will continue to serve as the party’s Secretary General and leader. 

While Ms. Aji Yam Secka could not make any public statement on the issue of the flag bearer, the UDP National President Mr. Dembo Bojang commented extensively on the matter. Bojang said any decision reached on the matter will reflect the wishes and aspirations of the party, its supporters, and partners both at home and overseas. Mr. Bojang also talks about Jammeh frequenting his home in Bakau back in the days. His beef with Information Minister Sheriff Bojang was also raised during the interview.

Aji Yam Secka talks about Yahya Jammeh dissing her personally during his July 22nd speech; all because of her uncompromising stance against his regime. She said Jammeh has been discriminatory against Gambian women, citing the mistreatment meted out to the UDP women while under the custody of the NIA.

Ms. Secka said she resigned from her school headmistress job in 1995, shortly after Jammeh toppled the democratically elected government of Jawara. She refused to have any business or dealings with the junta. She has always been loyal to Sir Dawda Jawara and his PPP party. That’s why when Jawara announced to resign from government in Mansakonko, she was among the delegates, who pleaded with Jawara to carry on with his Presidency.

The UDP is expected to host a massive rally in Brikama on July 31st. A similar rally would be held in the KMC on August, 7th according to Ms. Secka.

The full interview will air later today. Stay tuned.

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