Cellou Dalein Diallo Tells Alpha Conde “No Thanks” on PM Post
Runoff poll loser Cellou Dalien Diallo has turned down the offer to become the prime minister of Guinea’s first democratically-elected President Alpha Condé.
Mr Diallo made the statement in Dakar on Monday evening following a courtesy call on President Abdoulaye Wade.
He explained that his decision stemmed from the fact that there were a lot of dissimilarities of character and points of divergence on issues with Prof Condé.
“I have values and norms to defend and I can do that better if I stay in the opposition, and that is what I’m going to do,” Mr Diallo told reporters.
He said: “I believe Guineans can remain united in diversity and fully carry out their civic responsibilities, especially fighting against those scourges that erode society.”
Mr Diallo then accused Prof Condé of building and perpetuating ethnic and regional segregation during the recent presidential election.
“This has left our compatriots profoundly divided and it is going to take time and a lot of efforts to correct that anomaly,” he insisted.
He said while he appreciated Prof Condé’s offer for him to join his government, he deemed it expedient to remain in the opposition and will gladly make suggestions, and impose checks and balances in the interest of peace and development of Guinea.