In wake of the release of controversial recordings featuring a conversation between ex-President Yahya Jammeh and Ousman Rambo Jatta, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) made Thursday a show of force to call on African Union (AU), Europe Union (EU), ECOWAS, the United Nations and Gambia gov’t to respect the joint agreement. The APRC said the accord laid the ground for Jammeh’s exit from power in exchange for immunity.
Addressing a mammoth crowd, APRC Secretary General, Fabakary Tombong Jatta, reminded the gathering of the importance of the joint agreement that was endorsed by ECOWAS, AU,EU and the government of The Gambia in order for President Jammeh to go on exile in Equatorial Guinea.
He called on the authorities and other international bodies signatory to the joint declaration to fully implement the joint agreement, which reportedly precipitated Yahya Jammeh’s exit.
Over these past months, the country’s political landscape has witnessed a huge polarization on a number of issues. The call for Yahya Jammeh’s return has been seen in some quarters as a pronounced divisiveness in the Gambian politics.
Former Mayor of Kanifing Municipality, Yankuba Colley, warned that if the international community allow their cause to die out, it would be very difficult for the AU, ECOWAS, EU, and the UN to venture into a similar agreement in any other country.
“They will take Gambia as an example that they negotiated and failed them,” he added.
Colley expressed optimism that the international bodies that secured a deal for Yahya Jammeh’s exit will answer to their call.
Ousman Rambo Jatta told journalists that they need their President for The Gambia.
“He is the only good president for The Gambia!” he exclaimed.
When asked if Jammeh is going to apologize for the atrocities committed under his two-decade long regime, the APRC stalwart in Bakau paused before firing back: “Apologize for what? Are the “Junglers” directly answerable to President Jammeh?” he quizzed.
Jatta went further to urge journalists to ask questions that are relevant to the program.
“We are here to demand the return of President Jammeh,” he said as a round of applause built up around him.
Written by Abdoulie John
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