By Adama Tine
The secretary general and party leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Ousainou Darboe on Monday submitted his nomination papers to officials of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) with a big bulk of documents along with thousands of fans chanting “President Barrow must step down.”
The UDP candidate after tendering his nomination papers could not speak to the press as a result of disorganized crowd of reporters.
The UDP champion and leader for the December 4th presidential elections drove into the IEC with thousands of his supporters along with the yellow color T-shirts, ‘ashobees’, flags and banners all over the place as the party’s traditional color.
The UDP showed their utmost readiness for the upcoming presidential elections by coming out in thousands to lead their candidate to the election house to submit his nomination papers.
The leader of the biggest opposition party Darboe was born in 1948, in the village of Niani Dobo (Central Gambia). He attended Bansang Primary School before proceeding to St. Augustine’s High School and Gambia High School in Banjul where he successfully completed his GCE O Level and A Level certificates respectively.
Darboe then left for Nigeria having won a Commonwealth scholarship to study law.
He graduated from the University of Lagos with honours degree in law (LLB Honours), and was called to the bar of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and subsequently to The Gambian bar in 1973, after successfully completing the required training at the Federal Law School in Lagos.
He also obtained a master’s degree in law (LLM) from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.