The Gambian leader and chairman of the ruling APRC Party has urged all registered voters to go out and vote for whoever they want in the upcoming Presidential Election next month, saying it is a civic right for all registered Gambians to vote in the election. He said the government single-handedly spent millions to fund the entire electoral process.
Speaking at a meeting in Gambissara on Saturday in Jimara District of the Upper River Region, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh, Babili Mansa, who is on a nationwide tour, informed the crowd that the 2011 polls was equally and exclusively funded by his government.
“The reason why the West did not come in to support is because they said I [President Jammeh] will win the Election,” he said, while commending the people of Gambissara for seeing him as a true son of their village in the last 22 years and promise not to betray them.
He urged them not to listen or give attention to the opposing candidates [the Coalition’s Adama Barrow and GDC’s Mama Kandeh] who both emanate from Jimara. “I am not in Gambissara for campaign because I never have doubt about your loyalty and support to me,” President Jammeh told the people of Gambissara.
According to Professor Jammeh, his Presidency, the progress and development of the country is in the hands of the Almighty Allah and not any Western power or organisation. His government, according to the architect of the glorious 22nd July Revolution, has worked for the country wholeheartedly since assuming power. “The 1st December Presidential Election is a national determination day to know those that want progress and those who want retrogress. But this election what you grow is what you going to reap,” President Jammeh told the meeting.
The multimillion dalasi Sotuma Sireh-Gambissara contraction funded by the Jammeh administration is almost completed. The President urged and appealled on the natives of Gambissara to help ease the construction of the road right into the village by demolishing some structures on the road. He lamented that the road into Gambissara is too narrow for even fire service to access the village in cases of fire outbreak.
Speaking earlier, Balla Garba Jahumpa, alias Action Man, who is the minister of Works and Transport and APRC campaign manager, revealed to the cheering crowd that the D155M road construction between Sotuma Sireh and Gambissara will be extended to Demba Kunda and Basse Manneh Kunda.
The outspoken politician further revealed that plans are in the offing to construct the Basse-Fatoto-Koina road. “The President also wants to bridge the Basse-Wuli crossing point.” He, therefore, called on the people to go out in their numbers on Election Day and vote for President Jammeh.
Aja Dr. Fatou Lamin Faye, minister of Basic and Secondary Education thanked and saluted the people of Gambissara for the befitting welcome accorded to the Presidential entourage, while congratulating them on the new first-class road.
She announced that the Gambissara Lower Basic School will be ungraded to a Basic Cycle School in the 2017 academic year. She urged parents to enroll their children in schools. “The number of enrolment will also determine whether we will upgrade the basic cycle school to a senior school or not.”
Musa Amul Nyassi, minister of Lands and Regional Governments who also doubles as the APRC URR liaison officer said the government has brought about numerous developments that were a farfetched dream for Gambians. From roads, agriculture, health, education and electricity, Minister Nyassi said the interventions of the Jammeh government are visible everywhere in URR. “The people of Gambissara have a long history with President Jammeh and therefore, you should not allow anyone to stain your image to the President,” he advised.
He went on to remind the people to be careful of people spreading false, unfound and negative news about the country and the President. According to him, the government through the Ministry of Agriculture is working on an agricultural project worth D360M to support farmers in URR.
Governor Omar Sampo Ceesay assured the President of a landslide victory in URR, noting that the people of his region are a living witness to the numerous developments ushered in by his government.
He commended the two APRC URR liaison officers, Musa Amul Nyassi and Ismaila Sanyang for a good work in collaboration with the regional structures.
Muhammed Kaddi, alkalo of Gambissara reaffirmed their undivided loyalty and support to the President and his government. He prayed for the President’s long life and good health so as to realise all his intentions for the country.
Alhaji Ba Musa Camara, representative of Council of Elders; Baba Colley, Gambissara Youth Leader; and Women leader Aja Teneng Jawo all promised President Jammeh 100% victory. “Let the President go and sleep; we will not betray or disappoint him,” she assured.
by Alieu Ceesay & Musa Ndow on Tour