total of 135 militants from different political parties on Saturday defected to
The Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) at a mass political rally held over the
weekend in Brikama.
The new members were welcomed to the party by Mamma Kandeh, secretary general and leader of GDC.
Out of this total, 81 are from the People Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), 38 from the United Democratic Party (UDP), 15 from the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) and one from the National Reconciliation Party (NRP).
Speaking shortly after receiving the new members, Kandeh said the GDC does not have the culture of encouraging people to join by enticing them with money or any other means, saying people only have the bravery to join the party and contribute their part to national development.
He said this is due to the ongoing development infrastructure and the livelihood improvement currently spearheaded by the party in various communities.
Kandeh assured the new members of the party’s equal treatment towards members and that GDC as a political party does not belong to any group or individual.
He underlined the need to show love towards one another, something he said, would undoubtedly contribute immensely to the advancement of the party.
“GDC is a peaceful party where no form of violence is entertained. And the rights of party members are fully respected. So saying I am just joining today and that will not give me the equal party rights as others who have been there before me. My answer to that is that it will never be the case as long as GDC is concerned. GDC does not work like that; every individual, joining today will enjoy the same rights as other party members,” he said.
Modou M.C. Cham, GDC national youth mobilizer, reminded that GDC does not only rely on the list of names of those who have cross-carpeted to the party, but they also invite new members to their rallies for authenticity purpose and to clear doubts.
By doing so, he said, they can also be introduced to the party leaders in the presence of the media.