O.J. accuses Darboe of tarnishing the Coalition gov’t in Gambia

Ousainou Darboe

The leader of People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has accused Ousainou Darboe, the leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) for spoiling the Coalition government.

Omar Jallow, the former minister of Agriculture was speaking in an interview with Star FM recently; about his take on the current state of the country.

Mr. Jallow recalled that Mr. Darboe, who is now the country’s No 2, and who was also released from prison has said that his party would not be part of a Coalition government in the National Assembly elections. According to Mr. Jallow, there is where the problem started.

He pointed out that no singled part was blessed to unseat former President Yahya Jammeh in the country after 22 years of dictatorship. He added that the formation of a coalition was a blessing from Allah and that it was formed to serve the interest of all Gambians.

Mr. Jallow further accused some political leaders for only protecting the interest of their parties rather than The Gambia. He said that former President Yahya Jammeh had ruled for 22 years and no single political party including UDP was able to unseat him.

“Me, I will never substitute The Gambia for the interest of PPP because I saw The Gambia first before PPP,” he said.

The PPP leader argued that The Gambia is more important than any other political party, noting that he does not hold any grudge against Mr. Darboe

“I do not hold any grudges against Ousainou Darboe, because we were in the same classroom for six years; from 1961 to 1966 before he (Darboe) eventually married to my niece as his first wife,” he said, adding that he would always speak the truth when it’s necessary.

O.J. is the leader of the People’s Progress Party (PPP) that was established in 1959. The PPP was part of the Coalition 2016 for the 2016 Presidential Election, where Adama Barrow was declared the coalition’s candidate and subsequently won. O.J. was appointed minister of Agriculture before being later sacked.