It was a rollercoaster of dancing, singing above all full of excitement as the Presidential motorcade drove through from Kanilai to the State House in Banjul.
This ecstatic scene of event attracted tens of thousands of people who lined up the streets from Kanilai in the West Coast Region to Banjul welcoming the President, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa, as his nationwide tour enters its second phase in the remaining parts of the West Coast Region and the Greater Banjul Area.
The ecstatic crowd was resplendent in party and national colours. The Presidential arrival took place on Wednesday evening. He spent the past one week in fruitful dialogue with people in provincial towns and villages of the country.
Officials of each region received President Jammeh and entourage at the entrance to their respective administrative regions. The people of West Coast Region on Wednesday escorted the President and his entourage to Abuko, where they were received by officials of the Kanifing Municipality (KM), led by the lord mayor of Kanifing, Alhaji Yankuba Colley. The President was joined by the First Lady of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, Her Excellency Madam Zineb Jammeh and daughter Mariam Jammeh.
The KM officials then escorted him and his entourage, in celebratory fashion befitting a rock star, to Denton Bridge, where the mayor of Banjul, Alhaji Abdoulie Bah and officials of the Banjul City Council, as well as the Banjul Muslim Elders and religious leaders, among others, were at hand to welcome the President.
The Banjulians escorted the President to the State House in Banjul amid drumming and dancing by artistes, as well as APRC supporters and militants including ‘Yai Compins’ and youth.
Meanwhile, the tour is scheduled to continue in the West Coast Region, Kanifing Municipality and Banjul. At the time of going to press last night, the tour had another meeting in Brikama.
by Musa Ndow &
Alieu Ceesay in Banjul