By Tabora Bojang
, the regional assistant secretary for the opposition Gambia Democratic Congress in Upper River Region has resigned from his position and left the party.
This comes barely a week after the resignation of the party’s deputy leader Yusupha Jaiteh and seven other top rankers.
Speaking to The Standard on the reason his quitting the Mamma Kandeh-led party, Camara said he was convinced to jump ship after President Adama Barrow called on Gambians from all political sides to join him and work towards the development of the country. He said he had no personal gripes with anyone in his former party but pointed to the “lack of transparency within the GDC” as push factor for him.
Camara who claimed to having “made the GDC what it is today in the Wuli region”, contested in the last parliamentary election for the party in the Wuli West constituency losing to the political titan Sedia Jatta of the PDOIS.
He explained: “I have no time for being opposition. I want to associate myself with a party that is concerned with the development of The Gambia. This is a small country and there is neither advantage nor benefit for me to oppose the plans of the incumbent. “I made my decision having listened to President Barrow during his meeting in Sutukonding where he renewed his call for Gambians to join him at State House to advance the development of the country since politics is now over. From that moment, I decided to strip off the opposition shirt and throw it away.”
The former APRC councillor derided the GDC for being opaque and Kandeh “single-handedly controlling everything.”
He queried: “You cannot be a party leader and be the boss in control of everything in that party. Mamma Kandeh is everything in the GDC and that prompted me to plan to stand and contest against him in the [GDC] congress because I want transparency and accountability to prevail.”