EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Political Adviser to President Adama Barrow has challenged National Assembly Member for Serekunda West to resign for “openly calling for the illegal overthrow of a democratically elected government” of the Gambia.
Siaka Jatta said in a press statement that the comments Madi Ceesay is “shameful and regrettable”.
The United Democratic Party member of the National Assembly said during an interview with Star FM also carried on the Standard Newspaper that it is his “position is for the Gambian leader to step down after three years”. He added that president Barrow will be to blame for “any improper management” of the issue with activists planning to take to the street for his resignation by the end of the coalition term in December 2019.
The political adviser who “refused” to recognise Mr Ceesay, “with the right honorific befitting of a respectable member of parliament – Honourable National Assembly Member also called on the Assembly to consider disciplinary measures against Ceesay.
“I call on Madi Ceesay to resign in honour of preserving the integrity of our Honourable National Assembly. His comments are treasonous and highly demeaning of the National Assembly, which is why I am also calling on the National Assembly Standing Committee on Ethics to take disciplinary actions against him”, he asserted.
Siaka Jatta argued that, no respectable National Assembly Member, who is well au fait with his constitutional mandate and responsibilities will ever associate, not even remotely, with an illegal attempt to dislodge a government that was overwhelming elected by the people of The Gambia.
“The Gambian people have spoken when they decided in 2016 to give President Adama Barrow a five-year mandate to rule the country. Moreover, the 1997 Constitution of the Gambia, which is the supreme law of the land, is quite clear when it states ambiguously in Section 63 that ‘‘the term of an elected president shall, subject sections (3) and (6), be for a term of five (5) years’’.”
He also referred Madi Ceesay to draw wisdom from the recent comments made by his party leader, veteran lawyer Ousainou Darboe, who unreluctantly distanced himself from the illegal cause of the so-called ‘’3-years movement’’.
The Serekunda West member had said on the same platform that he holds a different view to that of his party leader Ousainu Darboe on how many years President Barrow should serve.