Smarting at the loss of its executive member Abdoulie Suku Singhateh to arch-rival NPP, the UDP has found consolation in winning the backing of Abdoulie Gaye, an influential youth leader in Sanchaba Sulay Jobe.
According to a person with knowledge of the local politic, Mr Gaye, a youth leader and an environment activist has been courted by many of the big parties but settled on joining the UDP through the efforts of the party’s top recruiter Momodou Sabally.
Mr Gaye told The Standard: “My interest in national development agenda hinge on youth empowerment and environmental protection and I believe it is only the UDP that can salvage this country and deliver those goods.”
Meanwhile, this paper can confirm that after many false dawns, Suku Singhateh has finally informed the UDP that he has decided to decamp to President Barrow’s NPP.
“After failing to show up at the last meeting planned between him and the UDP party leader Mr Ousainu Darboe, Suku sent a delegation including elders from Lower Baddibu to inform Mr Darboe that he was joining the NPP. Of course Mr Darboe was far from happy and told them so,” a source close to the UDP told The Standard.
However, up to the time we went to press last night, neither Mr Singhateh, the UDP nor NPP which he has reportedly joined, have issued a public statement on the matter.