A group of opposition parties in The Gambia, have signed a document that would avail the opposition to organize a convention—with the view of identifying a Presidential candidate to challenge incumbent dictator Yahya Jammeh, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. All the opposition parties have signed the document with the exception of The Gambia Democratic Congress Party (GDC) headed by Mama Kandeh, a former ruling APRC elected Parliamentarian. The GDC walked out of the meeting disagreeing with their colleagues on the method employed to select a flag bearer. Independent candidate Isatou Touray’s team also signed the document.
The GDC was represented at the meeting by their party’s Deputy Leader Yusupha Jaiteh, a Bakau, born native. Mr. Jaiteh strongly disagreed on the proposition for ten (10) representatives to be selected from each region for the convention. He said GDC’s position is for the convention to be open to everyone.
Speaking at the meeting held at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, on Friday, Yuspha Jaiteh said “It will not be appropriate for each party to bring 70 delegates i.e 10 from each region, for the convention, but rather the convention should be open to everyone so that, it will be much fairer.”
According to Jaiteh: “having 10 delegates from each region will be a detriment to my party because some opposition parties will have influence on those 10 delegates and my party will lose.”
GDC’s refusal to sign the convention document never deterred the remaining parties from going ahead with the proposed convention. Parties have unanimously agreed for a convention to be held this weekend. The proposed convention has been scheduled for Sunday, October 16th, 2016. Below is the press release issued by the team overseeing the opposition meeting. Political parties have also signed a document committing themselves to the proposed convention.
Written By A Staff Writer