‘We’ll Meet You Halfway Even If Ibliss Is Your Commander’ Lawyer Darboe to APRC!
The leader of United Democratic Party is outstanding for his gentlemanly character. All his associates credit him for being peaceful and law abiding at all times. But that does not mean Lawyer Ousainou Darboe will fold his hands when he is under attack.
“I have never promoted violence and instability,” Mr. Darboe tells a Tallinding rally in Kanifing Municipality. “However, if you anyone attempts to bring violence against us, even if you have Ibliss [Satan] as the head of your army, we will meet you in equal measure and we will not relent.”
Mr. Darboe says the betrayal and treachery being plotted in Kanilai will always fail. It is Ousainou Darboe’s conviction that the hatred and character assassination on the UDP by unscrupulous people will backfire. “The cancers in our society are the very people going around accusing the UDP of Tribalism. Where do President Jammeh and his cohorts make such accusations other than in Mandinka-dominated regions? This is a clear testimony that the APRC is the one promoting ethnic and bigoted politics in the country.”
Darboe’s tough remarks followed the cross carpeting of some prominent Jola women from APRC to UDP. Jainaba Sanneh led a group of women to announce their allegiance at the Tallinding rally on Sunday.
The Lawyer politician says the development has demystified misinformation that the UDP is a tribal entity. He says the new entrants have re-inforced the party’s national character. Darboe sees Gambians as one family. “My second wife, Salimatou’s mother is a Jola. When Jainaba starts speaking, Sallimatou says ‘that is my mother speaking,’ referring to her mother-line Jola ethnic group. Sometimes, there are conversations in Jola in my household,” he says, proving critics that Lawyer Darboe cherishes, loves and accepts diversity in totality.
Mr. Darboe throws punches on the APRC government for legislating an electoral law that aims to demean participatory democracy. “Which government with a right aim of fostering democracy will levy D1 million for a new party to register? This government has always been in the business of stifling democracy and multi-partyism.”
The UDP leader tells supporters the days of clapping and chanting have not arrived yet. “It’s not time to chant and clap, it’s time for you to stand firm and defend your rights against the aggression by the APRC government and be prepared to confront injustice.”
On the high taxation in KMC region, Darboe said, “the revenue rates on ordinary families is a huge burden and KMC is mismanaging all that resources on wasteful spendings. When we pointed the lack of serious consideration for the welfare of people in KMC, Yankuba Colley and his boss want to attack us for making tribally based criticism. What is wrong with these people?” Darboe asked.
“If we want to talk about Tribalism, let Jammeh explain to people why does he discriminate even in the matter of state funeral. Sherrif SM Dibba, the First Vice President in the country died here and there was no state funeral? Nyimasata Sanneh-Bojang died here and there was no state funeral, whilst we saw some other people of lesser national standing, like former GTRS Director General Momodou Sanyang who was not only given state funeral, but was accompanied by GRTS cameras up to the burial ground. This is the height of Tribalism Yahya Jammeh, because you discriminate even against dead people.”