By Abdoulie John
Halifa Sallah of People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and
Socialism (PDOIS) has finally spilled the beans on the outcome of Coalition talks aimed running under the same ticket during the upcoming National Assembly elections.
“We’ve duly been nominated. We are waiting for our colleagues in the other regions to give us thé necessary information to be able to give
you the number of seats the party is contesting,” Mr. Sallah told journalists during a press conference at PDOIS HQ in Churchill’s Town at the weekend.
Sallah convened press briefing athe a time when Coalition member parties failed to avert split in the upcoming parliamentary elections. In that candidates vying to run for National Assembly seats on April 6, 2017, were sponsored by their party. A scenario of disunity that was not expected as Coalition parties agreed to run under Tactical Alliance.
In the Kanifing Municipal Council alone, PDOIS has fielded candidates for Yundum, Serrekunda Central and West, Bundung and Latrikunda Sabiji.
“That should be a surprise to many. We were made to understand that we have a Tactical Alliance,” he stated.
Getting back to heated political rhetoric, Sallah made It clear that they have been very patient with the truth and that “deception is no longer possible.”
He explained the role played by his party in spearheading the negotiations leading to the formation of Coalition 2016, but also the efforts put up during the political impasse that followed December 1st Presidential elections in ensuring that things didn’t escalate.
“All Gambians know the truth, but we do not want to accept the truth,” he said.
Reiterating the importance of the National Assembly, PDOIS leader emphasized the need to have competent representatives to be able to carry out their task.
“Our destiny, under a coalition government, is in the National Assembly,” he said.
The tiny West African nation is going through crucial times, but the veteran politician wanted “Gambians to take their destiny into their hands. The Gambia is battling with its destiny. Your vote now matters,” Sallah reminded Gambians.