By Sanna Camara
The party leader of the opposition Gambia Moral Congress Mai Ahmed Fatty, has reaffirmed his commitment to the process of achieving a democratic change in The Gambia through an opposition merger.
Mr. Fatty made this comment today, coinciding with the inauguration of the newly-elected Nigerian President Buhari, which he described as “a great achievement for Nigerian democracy and a great lesson for The Gambia.”
“Without a doubt, our yearning for personal freedom and dignity has been accentuated by it. Most importantly, the lesson that only a progressive coalition of all opposition forces shall deliver us the the proper dividends of democracy, remains staunchly irrefutable,” Mr. Fatty posted on his Facebook timeline this evening..
He adde that “it was a united opposition merger – All Peoples Congress – that did the job [in Nigeria] The Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) pays homage to the All Peoples Congress (APC). GMC is committed to such a process.”
The challenge of opposition alliance
Even though it is not clear where the six opposition parties stand on such an agenda of merger, some parties are already going about their activities singly.
Over the weekend, opposition People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) held a congress in the rural town of Bansang, CRR South.
Earlier, UDP conducted a countrywide tour, which saw opposition leaders joining hands in solidarity when Police blockaded the UDP convoy to prevent it from conducting the tour.
About two months ago, the PPP for the first time in twenty years, conducted a massive political rally in Brikama. Many observers described this as a success.
An opposition, former APRC ally National Democratic Action Movement (NDAM), which has been inactive on the ground for years as its leader took position in the Jammeh government, has not made any recent overtures on current and future plans so far.
Its leader got acquitted by the courts over a year long court battle.
When last contacted several months ago by this reporter, Lamin Waa Juwara said he would not make any statement to the media while his trial is in court.
Now that he is acquitted, Gambians are waiting to hear what his plans will be.
Hamat Bah, leader of the opposition National Reconciliation Party (NRP) has been falling out with his colleagues on the issue of election boycott.
Hamat maintains that his party as a matter of principle will never boycott any elections, even though he agrees with his colleagues on many points on electoral reforms.