EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) has at the launch of its magazine, Gonga said it will not be a party to compel President Adama Barrow to step down by the end of the three years as agreed by the 2016 coalition leaders.
In the magazine, PDOIS recalled that the formation of a coalition against the 22-year rule of the former government was a meeting of equals, but this equality ended when the group selected a candidate that eventually became the president.
“[He] is now a president of the Republic under a constitution. You have your armed forces, security forces designed to protect the constituted, legitimate president. You have the laws that talk about treason, all sort of laws. So, it means that once you are elected as president, you are no longer equal to a coalition.”
The party emphasised that it is left to the president to choose to complete either a three-year or, five-year mandate but if he choose to stay a day longer on the five-year constitutional term, he will be declared a “rebel”.
The revival of PDOIS stance is coming barely fifty days to the expiration of the 2016 coalition transitional term.
In his statement, Halifa Sallah, Secretary General of the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism noted that it was their expectation that the president would voluntarily resign by the end of the transitional term.
However, upon the presentation of the Vice President at the National Assembly that cabinet has decided for the president to stay for five years, PDOIS decided to close the argument on the transitional term.
But “If he [the president] stays for five years and wants to stay one[additional] day, the same language we used against Jammeh will be used against Barrow. Stay there one more day, and you will be a rebel”, Sallah emphasised.
Protest Over Coalition VS Constitutional Term
PDOIS made it clear that it is not a party to any form of demonstration or defiance against the presidency over a promise made on this subject.
“People have a right to demonstrate but we, the PDOIS people, we do things that have purpose. To go in the street, [telling] the president you promise us something, you should resign and he would say, I would not resign, you are there one week, two weeks and you go back to your home and he is still the president of the republic, we don’t see any meaning in that.”
The launch of the Gonga Magazine symbolised new journey through which the PDOIS intends to promote the ideals of sovereignty that empowers people to be ‘architects of their own destinies.’