The result of the opposition convention has been announced and Adama Barrow of the UDP has been announced the winner and flag bearer of the opposition coalition. There were 490 delegates who voted to choose the flag bearer of the opposition coalition for the 1 December presidential election
The results are as follows:
Adama Barrow – UDP : 308
Hamat Bah – NRP :72
Halifa sallah – PDOIS :65
Lamin Bolong Bojang -NCP : 40
Who is Adama Barrow?
According to official version, Mr Barrow was born in 1965, the same year as President Jammeh, in Basse. He did his primary school education at Koba Kunda Primary School, then in 1981 he proceeded to Crab Island Secondary Technical School where he sat to the Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examinations.
From Crab Island, Mr Barrow proceeded to Muslim High School from 1985 to 1988.
He is said to have spent most of his adult life in Banjul under the guardianship of the famous Alhaji Momodou Musa Njie, who introduced him to business which he does up to now.
His political career started with the formation of the UDP in 1996. He was an ordinary, but vocal member of the party in his native constituency of Jimara in the Upper River Region (URR).
In 2010, he was appointed coordinator of the UDP URR committee by the party’s national executive. In 2006, he was appointed deputy treasurer to the national executive committee.
For the past three years, he has been the acting treasurer of the party. He has extensively travelled to England and Germany.
He was the UDP’s contestant for the 2007 parliamentary election in his native Jimara consistency, but lost to Mamma Kandeh who has now formed a new political party called Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC).
Mr Barrow obtained 2,835 votes while Kandeh who was contesting for the ruling APRC party by then got 4,067 votes.
Written By A Correspondent