Former African Development Bank top-shot Oley Dibba-Wadda joins UDP as Darboe tells 52-year-old politician to be ‘visible’

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By Lamin Njie

Ousainu Darboe told Oley Dibba-Wadda ‘be visible and be heard’ after the 52-year-old politician joined UDP.

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Dibba-Wadda, a former African Development Bank human capital chief, officially converted to UDP at a ceremony held in Pipeline today.

“Be visible and be heard so that those people in Nyakoi who have never seen Oley Dibba would say, ‘oh this is Oley Dibba’, or those people in Saloum would say, ‘oh this person is Oley Dibba’,” Mr Darboe asked of Dibba-Wadda, who is now the president and chief executive officer of Gam African Institute for Leadership, a non-profit organisation that works towards providing and equipping African youths with skills to grow into leaders.

Mr Darboe then praised Dibba-Wadda on her decision to join UDP saying “when I read your profile, it became quite apparent to me that it’s people of your calibre of both sexes that one would need in a political organisation.”

“For us, our party is a government and certainly governments attend to the affairs of the state, and we think we can attend to the affairs of the state in a manner that is constructive but other would see it as opposition talk. But I think with people like you, your contribution would hardly be seen by anyone as just mere opposition talk,” the UDP leader said.

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