interim leader of ex-President Yahya Jammeh’s APRC party has said that the
party currently enjoys no funding from its founder and exiled leader.
Speaking in a post-rally interview with the Gambia Talents Radio, Fabakary Tombong Jatta said the party no longer receives a dime from President Jammeh.
“We do have some contributions from our diaspora members and Gambians here,” he told Ousman Joof of the US-based online radio.
The party over the weekend organised what the leaders called a 50,000-man-rally at the Buffer Zone, Serekunda East. The event brought together thousands from across the country, the leader confirmed, hailing it as a success.
However, their lines of finance are no longer streaming from the ex-dictator, according to Mr Jatta. “No butut is coming to us from Yahya Jammeh. If we had had money in this country, we would not have allowed people to pay for their own transport… We could not lodge people in hotels, they were accommodated in residences by families,” he said.
The party mobilised over 50 gele geles vehicles to ferry supporters from the Fonis, according to sources. However, Jatta said the number of gele geles were only about a dozen.
“When we were the ruling party, we used to send transport from all over the country. This time, we only provided feeding, transport and logistical support [to a limited group]. Throughout the Western Region, we have not provided one transport. They came in their tens of thousands,” he said.
“We sent gele geles to the provinces – they also came in their thousands. We called on the APRC supporters and those who believed in the party to come out and show to the world, not just Gambia, that the party they called ‘the dead party’ is the biggest party in the country as at now. This was amply demonstrated,” he argued.
If for anything, Jatta said the rally enabled them to clear the doubts about a lot of things being said about the party.