Mendy, the press secretary and the spokesperson of The Gambia Party for
Democracy and Progress (GPDP) has told journalists in a press conference that
25 candidates have been selected to contest in the up-coming Local Government
Elections under the GPDP’s ticket countrywide.
The candidates, he said, were nominated on the 28th of February 2018, at the party’s headquarter and they are ready to take up leadership as councilors in their respective wards, adding that Gambia is struggling in terms of leadership for the past years.
Mendy added that they have not put up candidates for the Banjul City Council (BCC) and Kanifing Municipal Council Mayoral for now.
However, he said there are lots of people that are willing to contest for KMC seat, saying that they are screening them at the moment.
“This is something that the party has been looking for many years. We all know GPDP as a political party has not taken part in any presidential election apart from the coalition. This year, we want to come out as a party and we have to start somewhere as a party and that’s the Local Government Elections,” he stated.
GDPD, he went on, has never been in the shadow of the United Democratic Party (UDP) or any other political party in the country.
The deputy party secretary general, Fatoumatta Darboe, said GPDP was founded and registered by its secretary general Henry Gomez in 2004.
Darboe who is also the wife of the party secretary general, added that the reason of forming the party was to end dictatorship in The Gambia through a democratic ways. “The party never contested in a presidential election because our leader was disqualified by the IEC for the fact that he was not in the country.”
She said the party put youth’s empowerment as among its development priorities as you cannot build a nation without building the youths. The deputy party secretary general said the party did well in the last National Assembly Elections despite the fact that they have’s ticket .