By Lamin Cham
Members of the United Democratic Party in the West Coast Region have written to President Adama Barrow asking him to resign his membership of Coalition 2016 and return to the UDP.
Barrow was treasurer of the UDP before resigning from the party to contest as an independent candidate for the coalition of parties that ousted Yahya Jammeh in the December 2016 plebiscite.
In their letter addressed from their Brikama-based secretariat, a copy of which has been seen by The Standard, the UDP West Coast Region officials said the decision to ask Barrow to officially return to the party was reached at their executive meeting on September 2.
The letter stated: “This meeting was well attended by regional delegates drawn from elected councillors, youth and female delegates among others. We are very optimistic that you [President Barrow] will answer to our call for you to officially return to the party, as you are known to be very kind and accommodating person.”
Apparently enamoured by the way the president has run the country so far, they thanked him for “his service to the nation since been elected”.
A spokesman of the regional executive confirmed the authenticity of the letter to The Standard. “We actually delivered the letter ourselves to him when we visited him last week,” he revealed, adding, “there is no secret about that“.
There has not been any immediate comment publicly from either President Barrow or the party with regard to the matter.