By Bekai Njie
Congress delegates at the UDP rally have unanimously reelected Ousainou Darboe as Secretary General and party leader at a well-attended congress held at a local hotel in Kololi earlier today.
Rohey M. Lowe, the mayoress of Banjul and Saikou Marong, the lawmaker for Latrikunda who both attempted to run for the same position have ended up gaving Mr. Darboe a free ticket as he went unopposed to a position under his belt for more than 20 years.
Other members who were elected to various positions included: Alhagie Dembo Bojang as the national president; 1st vice president, Yamundow Jaye-Yarboe; 2ndvice president, Momodou Sanneh; deputy Secretary General /deputy party leader, Mariam B. Secka; senior administrative secretary, Lamin Dibba; deputy senior administrative secretary, Alhagie S. Darboe and national organising secretary; Ablie Suku Singhateh among others.
Mr. Darboe, who is mostly described by President Adama Barrow as his political godfather thanked the IEC, other political party leaders for gracing the congress and showing their commitments and love for togetherness.
He took time to pay tribute on those who lost their lives during the fight to end 22 years of dictatorship for democracy and rule of law.
“We must jealously safeguard our values in The Gambia and our duties as leaders that are elected and appointed by the people and try to diligently serve them with honesty and transparency,” he said.
“I remind myself and colleagues in the position of leadership to be humble with authority.”
He said their focus as political leaders is to be exclusively addressing the present issues the nation faces.
Mamma Kandeh, the leader of The Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) expressed delight to be in attendance at the congress, saying Gambians are one. “This is politics but we are all one and should respect one another by showing determination and as leaders.”