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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Darboe bids ‘farewell’

Constitutionally, Ousainou Darboe can no longer contest for elections as president. Chapter 6, Part 1, Section 62 (1) (b) of the Constitution states: “A person shall be qualified for elections as president if he or she attained the minimum age of 30 years but not more than 65 years.” 

As he turned 66 last week, Darboe wrote on his Facebook page: “I thank God the Almighty for the life He has given me.” 

In an earlier interview with The Standard, the veteran lawyer intimated that his party has already identified “a formidable candidate” who can contest as flagbearer for the 2016 presidential elections, but whose name they would not disclose yet for “security reasons”. 

Darboe said he was able to face the “extraordinary challenges with extraordinary courage” because he always had “the unwavering support” of his wives and children, as well as the UDP senior, youth executive and the general membership… “[They] have always been the rock I lean on in times of difficulties.”

“At 66, I am sure, I can still play a part in shaping the destiny of our country. But you the youths, the young people are the hope of The Gambia. You should not be complacent; don’t abandon your responsibility to your country; take up the mantle of leadership in all spheres of human endeavour. Then you will succeed in ushering in a united and prosperous Gambia. 

“Wherever you maybe and whatever your circumstance maybe proudly hold yourself out as a Gambian. Respect and obey the laws of the country you live in; stand firm for the cause you believe in and be true to your values. Don’t allow anyone to patronise you; your actions and decisions must be dictated by conscience,” Mr Darboe admonished.

He said The Gambia is “part and parcel of the global village, with the rise of social media, and other mass communication tools, always make good use of your time. Events all over the world engage our minds and emotions, always remember to be on the right side of history.”

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