Former Member of Parliament for the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) Ramzia Diab on Tuesday said she is endorsing Dr. Isatou Touray’s 2016 presidential bid.
“We as Gambians must never forget that national interest supersedes any other agenda or interest. On the other hand in politics there is no permanent friend or permanent opponent the only permanent friend should be The Gambia,” said Ramzia Diab in a statement posted Tuesday on her Facebook and that appears to call Gambians to reject the status quo.
The move taken by former President Jammeh surrogate comes barely a week after Dr. Isatou Touray announced her run for the presidency and has caused a major political firestorm in the political arena. Mrs Ramzia Diab parted company with Yahya Jammeh’s APRC for standing for the truth in a country where hypocrisy has been so glaring. Gambia’s first female presidential hopeful continues to draw more support as the political climate is getting overheated.
Ramzia said politics like weather changes and is unpredictable, but was quick to remind Gambians of the necessity to learn from past mistakes.
” I solemnly declare here and today that for the rest of my life I have made the choice of not to owe allegiance to anyone or any institution as a blind loyalist. I only owe allegiance to the nation and its people,” she stated
Setting the record straight, she stated that her decision to break come out in the open after so many years, is motivated by efforts she conducted in holding consultations, discussions and reflections about Gambia’s present and the past.
“In my mind Gambia is growing out of the past thus has no right to fail. We must always bear in mind that democratic change is the best guarantee, we cannot afford to destroy our country based on emotions, ethnocentric feelings or politics entrenched in hard feelings”
Ramzia Diab added her voice to numerous calls urging Gambian opposition to form a coalition so as to bring change in the tiny West Africa African nation.
Written by Abdoulie JOHN