A Gambian human rights activist Abdoulie Jobe has called on Gambians not to vote for Adama Barrow’s National People’s Party, (NPP), and Ousainou Darboe’s United Democratic Party (UDP). He said the two parties had nothing to offer to The Gambia and her impoverished people: besides cultivating corruption, cronyism, and nepotism rule. Jobe maintains that the NPP and the UDP represent the same political ideology, which is not in the best interest of the nation.
When asked if he should choose between a UDP and an NPP government, which of the two, he would select, hear Jobe’s terse response: “None of the two. None of the two. I have seen UDP’s program of government; I have seen some of their policies; I disagree with a whole lot of them and I don’t think there is any differences between the two in terms of what they would do in government. It will be the same thing. I do not think they would work for the poor; I do not think they would work for the underprivileged; I do not think they would work for wages; for the poor; for the working class; I do not think they would work for the farmers; no; no; I wouldn’t prefer none of these two.”
While describing Barrow as a corrupt failed leader, Jobe believes that a Darboe leadership would equally not bring any meaningful development for The Gambia and her people. He contends that Gambians are better of not voting for the two parties.
“I have said that before in one of your programs if you remember; just three, four years ago, I made it clear that I was not impressed by Darboe’s program of government; I was not impressed by his ideology; I was not impressed with what he did treat for The Gambia; I do not think that we need; we would come out a long way fifty years plus to come up with a lackadaisical leadership that was described as… with the UDP; no, no,” Jobe insisted.
The outspoken human rights activist has implored on Gambians to put their acts together and avoid voting for the two parties. He notes that The Gambia wouldn’t be assured of national development, and peace if the two parties occupy number one Marina Parade, the State House in Banjul.
“I think we need a firm, care leadership which would concentrate on the productive sources of The Gambia, agriculture, through food self-sufficiency, and food sovereignty. We need a leadership that will reflect these positions. We need a leadership that would engage the youths, engage the women, engage the land, engage what we have as our resources; that is what we need. These two parties wouldn’t provide that; they do not have what it takes to bail us out; for what we need is a leadership that would reflect these positions of The Gambia,” he said.
However, Jobe thinks a PDOIS leadership could change the political dynamics for poor Gambia. He says he had more faith in a PDOIS government than a UDP and NPP governments.
“I believe so, however, my concerns with PDOIS is that sometimes you are not very sure which way to go. It doesn’t seem ready to work with other political parties. PDOIS appears to be very illogical to a point to where they are not very good at compromising with other programs; their ideology is very good; their programs are good, but then they may not be ready for government; their level of political maturity is above The Gambian level and as a result people go pass them because they don’t understand them,” Jobe said.