Halifa Sallah denounces Barrow’s lack of honesty, morality
Updated: Sep 13, 2019
By Sainey Darboe:
Hon. Halifa Sallah, the leader and secretary general of People's Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), has fingered president Barrow for his dearth of “morality and honesty”.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Halifa said the formation of a coalition that successfully dispatched former president Jammeh in 2016 presidential election was geared towards system change and was meant to discard partisan politics.
“When we agreed for the president to step down, we knew about the five year mandate of the constitution. It’s not a question of law; it’s morality”.
Halifa Sallah postulated that the then government had hatched machinations and political shticks to curtail oppression prospects, but added that it proved futile in face of superior coalition strategy.
“We had tactics and that’s what made it possible to win. There was no victory without the tactics. For anyone to take credit for victory without acknowledging the tactics is dishonest”, Halifa quipped without mentioning incumbent president Barrow by name.
Answering questions from journalists, Hon. Sallah clarified that the "three years agreement" for the coalition president to serve, was premised on amending the constitution to allow a 90 day grace period for fresh elections to be held following the resignation of the coalition president. His words: " Section 65 of the constitution would have been amended to import what was in the 1970 constitution dealing with the resignation of a president and election of a new president within 90 days of the resignation, this is what we as a political party subscribed to". "Given that President Barrow's government did not amend the constitution to allow for this, Barrow has the bread and knife and what he does with it is up to him, he will be judged after" in reference to the three years agreement and Barrow stepping down or continue to serve the full constitutional mandate of five years.