Former VP BB Darboe backs UDP Leader for President

Officials from UDP and GFA append signature on the MOU

The Leader of Gambia for All Party, Hon. Bakary Bunja Darboe and Former Vice President in Sir Dawda Jawara’s PPP government has endorsed the candidature of United Democratic Party Leader, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe for President in run up  to December Presidential Elections.

The news was announced at a joint presser by leaders of both parties late Saturday night at UDP leader’s Bureau in Pipeline after the signing of memorandum of understanding between UDP and GFA.

The content of the MOU seen by Alkamba Times said: “ By this Memorandum, the United Democratic Party and Gambia for All pursuant to their shared desire to bring about change for the better in the country and in keeping with the genuine aspirations of our people, in which the Gambia For All agree to endorse the United Democratic Party’s candidate in the forthcoming December 04 elections. In the context of the said Memorandum, Gambia For All accepts to desist from sponsoring a candidate to contest the said elections, but to instead endorse the candidate sponsored by the UDP.”

Within the framework of the stated Memorandum, the UDP and GFA will commit to work together and vigorously campaign for the victory of the UDP candidate who, for the purpose of the said election effectively becomes the candidate of both parties.

The MOU further stated: ‘ In line with the strategy of maximising the chances for victory, the two parties agree to maintain an open-door policy for other likeminded parties and other political forces who may wish to collaborate with the two parties as per the provisions of this agreement.’

The news came following yesterday signing of another MOU between Ex- President Jammeh APRC No Alliance Movement and Mama Kandeh Gambia Democratic Congress where the later endorses the former for the office of the President.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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