PDOIS cannot transform the Gambia in five years – CA leader

Mamos Media

By Adama Tine

The party leader of the Citizens’ Alliance (CA), Dr. Ismaila Ceesay has told the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) candidate Halifa Sallah that “if for 35 years, you are not able to transform your party into a modern political organisation, how can you transform The Gambia into a modern state in five years?”

“We are on a mission to save the next generation from the failures of the past and we cannot afford to be distracted,” he added.

The Citizens’ Alliance presidential candidate called on Mr. Sallah and his PDOIS party to change their system before seeking system change.

According to Dr. Ceesay, “Hailfa Sallah said his party will not give credence to press releases that emanate from certain parties and personalities. CA had issued a statement saying PDOIS were invited for coalition talks but they never responded.”

During a press conference on Thursday, PDOIS candidate Sallah in response to CA claims said: “We have seen certain statements issued. We believe that those issuing the statements may not be doing so in an official capacity. What we anticipate is that if the people meet to form a coalition, then they will have a secretariat which will issue press releases on their behalf.”

He added that: “We do not expect separate people to be issuing press releases. That is why we cannot give importance to press releases issued by certain parties and personalities. What we will give credence to is what is issued by a group of people who officially declared themselves to be working to build a coalition.

“It is important for the sake of transparency and accountability to explain to all of you that prior to my ailment, I have been approached by people who felt that CA and PDOIS should form a coalition. Whether those people were sent by their leaders or not but what we were told is that CA is a young party and would want to support PDOIS in this presidential election, so that through this association it would build itself,” he explained.

“We told them that coalition building is very sensitive. You need to talk to each party to know their interest because we do not want to sit and each party will say select my presidential candidate otherwise I will not be part of the coalition,” Sallah added.

Prior to that, Dr. Ismaila Ceesay reacted by saying that PDOIS always wanted to be answered to when called but do not answer when they are called.

“Change your system before you call for System Change. You want to be answered to when you call; but you do not want to answer when called. Things do not work like that,” said Ceesay.


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