After failed constitutional talks, GAP accuses UDP of holding Gambia to ransom

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- After the final talks on Gambia’s embattled draft constitution has failed, the Gambia Action Party (GAP) has accused the United Democratic Party (UDP) for holding the country to ransom.

Eye Africa TV on Thursday reliably confirmed that the nation’s political leaders failed to find a common ground for the fourt time.

To Musa Yali Batchilly, the leader of the  Gambia Action Party (GAP), UDP is the one to be blame for the failure.

“If our leaders cannot sacrifice a little thing like this, in order to have a third republic constitution, are we calling ourselves leaders?” he asked, adding, “we are calling ourselves power hungry.”

He said the stalemate is between President Adama Barrow and UDP’s Ousainou Darboe.

“If they believe that they will win the elections, why all these talks?”

Batchilly urged Gambians to be mindful about who they choose as their leader, nothing that they should listen to the vision of the person not the appearance.

The leaders of GDC and GAP have on Thursday told Eye Africa TV that UDP’s stand on the retroactive clause hasn’t changed, meaning they are back to square one.

Majority of the political parties, including GDC, GMC, CA and GAP, have all agreed to let the retroactive clause slide so as to find a consensus. UDP however, maintains that the constitution belongs to the people and should be submitted to the parliament unaltered.

“This is the people’s constitution and it is only the people who have the right to make any changes to it,” Ousainou Darboe said last month.

Goodluk Jonathan has today called the political leaders for a luncheon meeting to seek for a final compromise. But the nation’s top politicians left the African Princes Beach Hotel with the same stalemate as when departing from Abuja.

The stalemate is said to be centered around the retroactive clause in the draft constitution.

The so-called retroactive clause would have condemned President Adama Barrow to just another new five-year term in office. Barrow’s camp believe that the term he is serving shouldn’t count and therefore, the clause should be omitted.

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