The people of Kiang West in the Lower River Region have predicted a landslide victory for the ruling APRC party ahead of next month’s presidential election slated for 1st December 2016.
The locals promised President Jammeh that they will vote massively for the ruling party, now that they have regretted the many years they have spent supporting the opposition which brought them nothing but backwardness.
They were speaking at a meeting in Kiang Keneba on Monday as part of the ongoing nationwide tour by the founder and chairman of the ruling Party, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Dr Alhaji Yahya AJJ Jammeh, Babili Mansa.
Adeh Jammeh, alkalo of Keneba; Kiang West Chief Mamadi Njie, APRC Kiang West District Chairman Siaka Badjie and Women Mobiliser Aja Mama Colley all renewed Kiang West’s loyalty and support to the ruling party.
According to them, they have spent 17 years supporting the opposition without any progress, but they have seen unprecedented transformation in their lives and livelihood in the past five years since they started supporting the ruling party.
“We were misled and we promised not to go back to that again. We are with APRC today and forever. If the opposition is not tired of telling us lies, we are tired of listening to lies,” they told the meeting.
Hon. Menata Njie, national assembly member for Kiang West said her people will vote massively for the progressive party and the action-oriented leader. “We will reciprocate the good gesture the President has done for us come this election. We don’t wish to go back to history.”
Isatou Jiffanga Jarju, APRC national women mobiliser advised the people of Kiang to be mindful of the misleading comments by the opposition as they come to their communities. She reminded the locals that voting starts from 8am to 5pm and urged them to go early to cast their votes. “Have patience and cast your votes even whereas the queue is long because is your right to partake in decision making as to who leads the country.”
Balla Garba Jahumpa, minister of Works and Transport, who is also the APRC campaign manager, disclosed that many more villages in Kiang West will have electricity in 2017. Among the many villages, he said are, Keneba, Jiffarong, Wudeba, Kiang Bajana, Dumbuto, Jattaba, Nioro Jattaba, Karantaba and Jali.
The government, according to Action Man, has signed an agreement with ADB worth US$12M for the construction of the Sankandi-Karantaba road in Kiang West. “Government is also discussing with OPEC Development Fund for the construction of Keneba-Darsilimi road. There are also plans to bridge the Bintang Bolong,” he told the crowd, saying they are not political statements but the truth.
by Alieu Ceesay & Musa Ndow on Tour