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Will the UDP rally behind Mamma Kandeh?

As The Gambia heads to the polls later this year, there’s half a million dollar question that remains unanswered: Will the United Democratic Party (UDP) throw its whole weight behind the newest political party, Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC)?

The UDP appears to be in a crisis of leadership after the founder/leader, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, was last month given a 3-year jail sentence together with nine of his executive members, an incident which coincided with the rise of a new political leader, Mamma Kandeh.

Many have since spread the view that this circumstance presents an opportunity to oust Jammeh when UDP and GDP coalesces, given the track record of division and mistrust among existing opposition political parties.

An online political commentator, Makam Sowe said among the opposition leaders, only Mamma Kandeh is capable of leading an alliance that can defeat Jammeh.

Many like Makam believe that the massive turn out at GDC’s Buffer Zone meeting last month, underscored again Kandeh’s popularity among voters.

But would the UDP rally behind him to give Jammeh a run for his money?

One of UDP’s supporters in the Diaspora, Ebrima Carl Sise is not in for it. According to him, UDP is the biggest opposition party in the country and it wouldn’t make sense for them to throw their weight behind a party that is a few weeks old.

Reports reaching What’s On-Gambia revealed that UDP might come up with their own presidential candidate to replace Lawyer Ousainou Darboe.

Born in July 1965, Mamma Kandeh is the youngest party leader in the country.  He seems to get bigger by the day filling large venues. Thousands of young voters went to see him at the Buffer Zone in Tallinding. The video of his arrival at the venue has garnered more than 16,000 views on Facebook. 


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