By Alhagie Jobe
Following her public declaration of joining the opposition coalition last Thursday, the only female Independent presidential aspirant Dr Isatou Touray on Sunday finally appended her signature on the coalition agreement signifying her support and joining the forward movement for change in the upcoming December presidential elections.
Last Thursday, Dr Touray agreed to finally joined the coalition after frank talks with other senior coalition and party leaders, initiated by the coalition group headed by Aja Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang accompanied by Hon. Sedia Jatta of PDOIS and Hon. Hamat NK Bah of NRP respectively. The meeting was held at Dr Touray’s office.
Today, she has fulfilled that promise of joining the coalition to salvage the country by finally appending her signature to the coalition agreement.
It could be recalled that last week Saturday at the opposition convention to elect a coalition standard bearer, Dr Touray failed to turn up complaining that she was totally discriminated, marginalized and suffered information black out in the whole process of the coalition convention including who funded and how delegates should be lodged.
She later held a press conference two days after the convention and neither confirmed nor opposed the coalition standard bearer Adama Barrow’s election saying her options are open and will get back to the people at the appropriate time and assured that she is still committed in promoting democracy, salvaging The Gambia and not to only make change but change for what.
It could be recalled that seven opposition parties went into a convention last Saturday at the Kairaba Beach Hotel and elected Adama Barrow as the coalition standard bearer to face incumbent President Yahya Jammeh who is seeking for a fifth term in the December polls.
Meanwhile, the only remaining party to join the coalition is the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) of Mama Kandeh, set to submit their nomination on Monday, meaning they are not joining the bandwagon for change.