A congress of the opposition United Democratic Party wrapped up in Basse, Upper River Region, on Sunday, with party delegates electing into office a new Executive. This development moves the party closer to selecting a Presidential Candidate, a responsibility that is left on the shoulder of the new Executive.
Delegates re-elected Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, Dembo By-Force Bojang and Femi Peters as the Secretary General, National President and Foreign Affairs Administrative Secretary, respectively. The three-day congress, punctuated with presentation of reports and fanfare, also saw the retention of some old executive members such as Aja Sukaina Kah and Aji Yam Secka. Mrs. Secka was elected the Deputy Secretary General while Mrs. Kah became the President of Women’s Wing. Elected as her Deputy was Fatoumata Jallow. Aji Yamundow Yarboe was elected Deputy National President.
In their show of solidarity with a man who had given all his best to the UDP, delegates elected Amadou Sanneh in absentia. Despite serving a jail term, Mr. Sanneh was unanimously re-elected the Treasurer. Also catapulted to the Executive were Ebrima Solo Sandeng, National Organising Secretary; Lamin Marong, Deputy National Organising Secretary; Lamin Dibba, Administrative Secretary; Alagie S. Darboe, Deputy Administrative Secretary; Ebrima Pesseh Njie, Administrative Secretary for Finance and Economic Affairs; Khaddy Mambureh, Deputy Administrative Secretary for Finance and Economic Affairs; Fakebba Colley, Campaign Manager; Karafa Sonko, Deputy Campaign Manager; AdamaBarrow, Deputy Treasurer. Also elected into office were Lamin Cham, Pa Malick Nyassi and Fatoumata Jawara, Youth President, Deputy Youth President and President of Women’s Youth Wing, respectively.
Earlier, delegates reviewed the party’s constitution as well as passed resolutions on redoubling efforts on women’s empowerment. These resolutions call for the participation of women in leadership positions and countrywide engagement of youths. One resolution empowers the “party leadership to continue with its engagement and also tasked to negotiate with other opposition parties for a united front.”