APRC preps to make election comeback with 19 nominees in KMC

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Supporters of Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) turned out in numbers for the nominations of 19 candidates out of the seven constituencies in the Kanifing Municipality for the upcoming Local Government elections. The party had also nominated 3 other candidates for councilors in Banjul.

The party loyalists on Tuesday converged at the Independent Electoral Commission’s Kanifing office to tender in nominees who will be vying for office of councilors in the April 2018 Local Government elections.

The party diehards accompanied their various candidates from various wards in a peaceful and celebratory mood drumming, dancing and singing in front of the IEC’s office while their candidates were being formally processed by the electoral council.

This upcoming Local Government Council will be a defying moment for the one time biggest political party especially after the surprising defeats in Presidential Elections in December 2016 and the National Assembly Elections last year.

It is arguably the most important elections for the party as it provide the chance for it to revive itself after the past two defeats.

Pa Manga, the nominated councilor for Serekunda said history is repeating itself, as they are hoping to be back to power. He added that they have maintained their support base for the election.

Babucarr Mansally, the nominated councilor for Tallinding South Ward, said he was filled with confidence and proud in seeing the large numbers of the party supporters. “I cannot pay them for leaving everything behind to come and witness the nomination. I wish Allah will help me win; as our expectations are too high; all we are seeing today is powerful.”

One political analyst said this local government elections will probably determine the survival of the APRC Party. He said if the party performs well it will send a signal that it’s here to stay even without the founder and former President Yahya Jammeh. He, however, believed that if the party fails to do well, it may likely be the sign of the gradual downfall of the party that has dominated politics in The Gambia for the past two decades.

The previous local government elections have always been dominated by the then APRC party and government.

Whether that trend is going to continue remains to be seen, but with the turn seen during this upcoming Local Government Elections, with yesterday’s nomination one may be tempted to ask whether APRC is great again?

The nominated members are for KMC are: Latrikunda: Bai Madi Jammeh; Fajikunda: Lamin Sambou; Abuko: Pa Lamin Gibba;                   Bundung Borebole: Ebrima Tamba; Bundung Mauritania: Sulayman Jammeh; London Corner: Abdou Jallow; Serekunda West: Pa Joseph Manga, Manjai: Lamin Tombong Jarju; Batokeh: Buba Sanneh; Kololi: Abdou Bonjang; Dippa Kunda: Isatou M. Conteh; Tallinding North: Buba Badjie; Tallinding South: Babucarr Mensally; Bakau Cape Point: Haddy Gomez; Bakau Newtown: Alagie Bahoum; Jeshwang Ebo Town: Kebab Cessay and, Old Jeshwang Ward: Lamin Charles Camara.

Author: Sankulleh Gibril Janko & Rose Zahra