EYEAFRICA TV: BANJUL, The Gambia: The People’s Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) has written to Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang (FJT), chairperson of the eight-party Coalition that brought President Adama Barrow to power in the 2016 election, requesting her to clarify whether the text of an amendment to the 17th October 2016 Coalition agreement had been agreed upon and signed by coalition partners.
Two weeks ago, Majority of the coalition political parties met President Adama Barrow at State House in Banjul, where Mrs Jallow-Tambajang announced they have agreed to extend his mandate from three years as agreed, to five years, saying Barrow never asked for the extension.
The United Democratic Party (UDP) and People’s Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) failed to attend the meeting, apparently in disagreement with the rest of the parties. But Mrs Jallow-Tambajang said they will continue to stand for the country and champion its cause.
President Barrow has been under pressure from individuals and groups who have been calling him to step down at the end of his three years mandate this December, as agreed with the coalition leaders.
“We are not aware of the crafting and signing of any text purporting to be an amendment to the original text signed by Coalition partners and are therefore finding it difficult to give accurate information to the media, on the subject matter,” the PDOIS party said in the letter.
Since the coalition three years mandate agreement and the coming of Mr Barrow to power, there have not being serious campaign from the coalition body for Mr Barrow to step down this December, but several groups, including the one that call themselves “Operation 3 years Jotna” have been asking him to respect the agreement and step down in December for a fresh election to be conducted.
The socialist party told Mrs Jallow-Tambajang that it should be highly appreciated if she would clarify whether any document purporting to be an amended version of the coalition agreement has been signed. “If such a document exists please forward it to us before Monday, 7 October 2019, when we intend to issue a Press Release on the matter.”
Last week, members of a pressure group that call themselves Operation 3 years Jotna- said they are not backing out from their three years mandate campaign against President Adama Barrow, calling him to respect the agreement he had with members of the Coalition 2016 and step down this December.
They also asked the Coalition chairperson, Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang to immediately withdraw her statement on the extension of Mr Barrow’s office mandate from 3 to 5 years.