Ruling APRC bigwigs have been touring the country, while calling on their party supporters to nominate dictator Yahya Jammeh in the party’s upcoming congress slated for February, 23rd, in Kanilai, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Leading the entourage is Works Minister and the APRC Secretary General Balla Garba Jahumpa. He is accompanied by the KMC Mayor Yankuba Colley, and Babou Gaye Sonko, a nominated member of the rubber stamp National Assembly.
Yahya Jammeh is seeking for a fifth term mandate. He has been in power for over twenty one years. He came to power through a coup in July of 1994.
Minister Balla Jahumpa and his team of APRC political operatives were spotted in the Upper River Region. Jahumpa had convened series of meetings in the URR area. He called on his party’s followers to come up with delegates during the APRC’s congress in Kanilai, and unanimously nominate Yahya Jammeh as the party’s flag bearer and leader in the 2016 Presidential elections. The elections has been scheduled for December, 2nd, 2016.
Minister Jahumpa spoke at length at the meeting. He praised dictator Jammeh for what he calls “his leadership foresight” and commitment to national development. Jahumpa told the villagers that nominating Jammeh would be the right thing for them to do.
Both Yankuba Baboon Colley and Babou Gaye Sonko expressed similar sentiments. They claimed that they were Jammeh’s emissaries to help get the dictator nominated in the upcoming nominations.
Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral Commission IEC has written to the opposition calling on them to regularize their status before March 31st, 2016, or risked being de-registered. The Commission Chairman said parities interested in taking part in the elections should make an undertaking that they would make their parties statement of accounts available to the Commission. The IEC Chairman also said the opposition should make the officials of their respective parties Secretariats available before the March deadline.
The opposition is yet to formally react to the IEC’s latest press release. Political observers here believed that The Gambian dictator is using the electoral Commission to harass, and intimidate the opposition. The observers have warned about a possible opposition showdown in The Gambia in the coming weeks if dictator Jammeh fails to meet the demands of the opposition especially in the areas of electoral reform: term limit for the Presidency, second round of voting, the removal of the IEC Chairman; just to name a few.