Aji Yam Secka, a senior member of the opposition United Democratic Party, has offered apology to Gambians for supporting Adama Barrow’s presidential bid in 2016.

Barrow led a coalition of seven political parties in 2016 into the presidential election that ended exiled former President Yahya Jammeh’s 22 year autocratic rule. 

However, two years into his presidency, Barrow fell out with his former party, United Democratic Party, after he sacked Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, who was serving as the country’s vice president.

Supporters of the United Democratic Party (UDP) opposition alliance presidential candidate, Adama Barrow attend a campaign rally in Buffer zone, Gambia November 29, 2016. Picture taken November 29, 2016. REUTERS/ Thierry Gouegnon – RC197DEA9CE0

Aji Yam Secka, a UDP executive and former ally of Barrow, has come out publicly to ask Gambians for forgiveness for her role in backing Barrow’s presidency. 

“I am sincerely apologising to Gambians and United Democratic Party members for my role in championing for Adama Barrow to become the country’s president,” she said. 

“I shouldn’t [have] backed his candidature because he has betrayed the whole country especially the UDP as a party. The pain UDP has gone through in this country is enormous and Adama Barrow has added salt to our wounds,” she added.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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