The leader of the United Democratic Party has apologised for “an error of judgment” to accord former justice minister Babadingding Jorbateh the honour of speaking on a UDP stage.

The incident, which happened at the party’s Saruja rally, was widely condemned by Gambians since Mr Jobarteh has been accused of torture during the Jammeh era

But in a statement on the matter, Ousainu Darboe said he took full responsibility for the error. His statement reads in full:

“On Saturday 25th September 2021, the United Democratic Party had a well-organised and well-attended political rally in Saruja in the Central River Region of the republic of the Gambia and on Sunday some UDP members held fruitful consultations with villages in the vicinity.

On behalf of the National Executive Committee of the UDP I wish to thank the CRR Regional Executive, the National Organising Committee and the Lower and Upper Fulladu West Constituencies Executive Committees and may I single out for praise the National Assembly Member for Upper Fulladu West Hon. Dawda K. Jawara for all his hard work and for realising an excellent event.

However, since then an unscripted moment on stage has threatened to blemish what was by several accounts a successful political meeting of the UDP and to detract from the tremendous work that the CRR wing of the Party has invested in the region. The impromptu appearance of Mr. Lamin Jobarteh (former AG of The Gambia) and his announcement of joining the UDP was not scheduled nor authorised by the National Executive Committee.

Some members and friends of the UDP have openly expressed their views and concerns on social media and the Party leadership has duly noted their reactions.

As mentioned before the appearance was unscheduled and given the informal nature of events of this kind the masters of ceremonies need to have latitude to progress the event to a satisfactory conclusion. So it was within that context that his appearance happened.

Article by: https://standard.gm/darboe-apologises-over-jobarteh-affair/

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