acting secretary general of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Omar Jallow,
has said that PPP will take the lead in changing the country’s difficulties and
He further urged other political parties to accept the fact that they have gone through a period of difficult moments.
The former Agriculture minister, widely known as O.J, said this on Friday during the opening of the PPP congress held at the YMCA.
The PPP is a moderate political party in The Gambia. It was the dominant ruling party from 1965 with President Dawda Jawara at the helm. He was elected for a sixth term in office in 1992, but was overthrown in a coup by young army officers in 1994. The party was banned from the 1996 and 1997 elections.
Meanwhile this is the first PPP national congress since 1992.
He further stated that the PPP congress marks the beginning of the reviving of the party, noting that the love for the leadership of this party has been engrained in the hearts of the Gambian people.
“We are meeting today with a renewed vigor to revive the PPP to serve the Gambian people again,” he said.
According to him, the PPP congress is a day of reckoning and of reflection on the history and the past of their political dispensation, while expressing satisfaction for the presence of representatives of other political parties.
Jallow said when their party took over the leadership of the country even some political parties thought it could not survive as a party.
“The PPP is the greatest party in Gambian history – the white people said we cannot survive as a nation…. Other parties were considering joining Senegal but Sir Dawda Jawara refused,” O.J. said.
He called on The Gambia government to look for funds and compensate the families of the people that were killed; especially during the April 10-11 in 2000. He said that the victims are suffering and something needs to be done for them.
“I am calling on all the people of The Gambia to see the Gambia first than their political parties.”
For his part, Alhaji Yahya Ceesay, the PPP interim national president, said that the year 2016 marked the defeat of a dictator through the courage and determination of the Gambian people under the banner of a coalition. He said that PPP also played a crucial role in the process.
He added that PPP government transformed what was cynically called an ‘improper nation’ into a full sovereign state, respected internationally for the quality of its leadership and the hard work of the Gambian people.
“This wise and visionary leadership was deeply rooted in the cardinal principles of good governance and the rule of law, respect for human and people’s rights, tolerance and inclusiveness,” he said.
Aja Mariam Secka of United Democratic Party, Mai Amad Fatty of Gambia Moral Congress, Dembo Bojang of United Democratic Party and Lamin Cham of the Presidency attended the opening ceremony. And also present was former vice president, Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang.