By Lamin Njie

Ousainou Darboe has responded to President Adama Barrow over his claim that he sacked him because he was undermining his development efforts.

President Barrow last month sacked Ousainou Darboe as the vice president of The Gambia, claiming the move was to ‘establish order in our governance system.’

The President also said Darboe was among a group of UDP officials who were undermining his government.

But speaking to a crowd of supporters in New York on Monday, Darboe slammed Barrow as a ‘disrespectful child’ and said UDP will never make such person its leader.

Darboe said: “If you want leadership, you have to look for it in respect and humility. You can’t disrespect me, you can’t disrespect the members of UDP and you expect us to make you the leader.

“If he wants he can form his own party and that party can make him the leader. You can’t come and say by hook or by crook it’s you that people should pick to lead and when people didn’t pick you to lead, you go and stand and say things that are not true.

“If he says I was not doing my work as expected, he should have sacked me long since. But you think you can deceive us and we’ll make you the leader. We will not accept that. We all agreed that we are going to fight self-perpetuation, that is to say that no one would force himself to be president.

“A child that has no respect, no one should give the country to that child. I didn’t come to say I will be the president of The Gambia by force but anyone who wants to disintegrate United Democratic Party, it’s my head that will break.”