By: Malick Kah
President Adama Barrow came to power as through the ranks of UDP party whose leader lawyer Ousainou Darboe is his number two man. Hence one can truly say he is a bona fide member of the UDP despite the fact that he resigned to assume the mantle of the leadership of the coalition that made him president. President Barrow’s generals have decided to form a national youth movement designed to propagate his agenda. It has been described by some political pundits as the harbinger to a political party preparing him to run for another term. The movement is now assuming a national character without hesitation, they are opening offices all over the country. They bring unapologetic for doing so, they are arguing that President Barrow has a right to forming such a movement, but the movement has divided loyalties from the UDP.
They feel by creating such a movement Barrow is trying to undermine their party and this argument is raging within their ranks, but having placed Darboe as his number two man has imposed a dilemma within the ranks of the UDP. Government is collective responsibility hence any criticisms directed at President Barrow will undoubtedly bruise Darboe and this is not desirable, hence Darboe being the VP is sitting on the line of fire. He will have to learn how to duck and dive, especially now Barrow has woken up to realise he has executive axe and he can wield it against anyone in his government, Ousainou will either conform to the dictates or demands of Barrow or head to the gallows, for there cannot be two gladiatorial champions in one arena.
The Barrow youth movement by all intent and purpose is a political party in the making. Its formation is the clearest indication of Barrow’s intentions to continue to seek a mandate for the second time. The movement cuts across a cross-section of the political divide, the membership is recruited from most of the political parties but it poses more threat to UDP than any other party, hence the livid concerns of its militants, who feel that such a movement is undermining the cohesiveness of their party. It would appear that a collision is inevitable between the BYM and the UDP unless one gives way. Observing from a distance most pundits are of the conviction that comes what Barrow will present himself as a presidential candidate. The question that looms is, will Darboe also contest? Should Darboe decide to wear his gauntlets and enter the fray then there will be a clash between father and son. This will witness the clash of the Titans,
Barrow as the incumbent with a lot of political muscle, Darboe the leader of the party with the majority in the NAM with a lot of political clouds, such a scenario will give script writers to conjure a political satire with sufficient ingredients of plots and drama.
One thing is obvious the BYM is taken serious momentum without any hesitation, initially they were very coy and mindful of offending the UDP but now their intentions are an open secret for most folks now is either to join them or fight them.