In an audio message released by Marie Sock and heard by TAT on Wednesday, Marie Sock announced as follows: “I have come to a decision that the United Democratic Party is one off the parties that aligns with our roadmap of development. Today, the 10th of November 2021, our planning committee team has concluded to join alliance with UDP to further promote our organization’s principles and policies.

“His Excellency Ousainou Darboe and I have reached and concluded an agreement to join forces together and uplift each other’s movement to climb to greater heights.

“I encourage all Marie Dock ambassadors and all Gambians to stand with me in this new direction.”

Sock thanked her colleagues in her movement called the “Ambassadors of Change-Alliance of Social Democrats.

“I want to thank all of you standing with me through this journey, supporting and endorsing my candidacy.

“And, I want to thank you for being so patient, waiting for me to come online to speak and let you know the news that we are here to bring.

“We have come a long way together, and this is just the beginning.

“A lot has happened to us in the past week, from filing our presidential nomination, disqualification by IEC; and now to make a decision on where to go next to continue the alliance of social democrats vision.

“This decision is not based on political interest, but for our national interest.

“Marie Sock Alliance for Social Democrats stands for goodwill ambassadors and goodwill politicians.

“We are on this journey to change the dynamics of Gambian politics. We all must be united in one common goal.

“We must continue to engage all political leaders and parties, civil society, government agencies, private sector and all Gambian citizens to reunite and work together for the betterment of our motherland.

“We started this journey because we wanted to change the political system of the nation.

“We are going to use this opportunity to change and rebrand the new face of the UDP. Join us to make this difference.

“Thank you all so much, and we hope you climb on this great bus with us. Thank you.”

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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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