Not very much was known about the Alliance for Change 2021 until news emerged late Tuesday that a group of five political parties are coming together to form a united front against incumbent President Adama Barrow of the NPP in the December 4 Presidential elections.
And many were surprised on Wednesday morning when the group of five political parties supposed to met and appended their signature on a memorandum of understanding committing them to the new alliance, but only three out five parties turn out which many fear dashes hopes for a viable coalition capable of removing President Barrow from power.
But Leaders of the three political parties including CA’s Dr Ismaila Ceesay, Mai Ahmad Fatty of Gambia Moral Congress and Dr Ibrahim Jagne of APP now agree to work together to contest under a united front.
The group did not a name a leader but have promised to do so through a convention where delegates will vote for a standard bearer.
One political analyst told Alkamba Times that the future of the new alliance is in the balance with major opposition parties staying away from the new political coalition.
Other party Leaders who did not show up at the signing of the alliance 2021 document include leaders of the Gambia For All and National Unity Party led by Ebrima Abdoulie Jammeh.
Late Tuesday evening Citizens Alliance issued a statement announcing that Opposition United Democratic Party and Gambia Democratic Party pulled out of the talks that have been going on for weeks citing a standoff over the selection of a flagbearer.
However, the leaders who signed the document have renewed their commitment to usher in a new and democratic Gambia calling on Gambians to rally behind the alliance.
Mai Fatty, once a prominent member of the 2016 coalition that brought Adama Barrow to power said change is possible with a strong united front.
Many people are now questioning the survival of the Alliance for Change 2021 as the race to Statehouse intensifies with the Independent Electoral commission announcing nomination dates for more than 20 contesting presidential candidates.
This is the first presidential polls in the post Yahya Jammeh Gambia, which is witnessing a heightened political atmosphere, edging to a high point ahead of the decisive December 4th elections.