People’s Progressive Party, one of the oldest political parties in the country
recently held its national congress. The move was in accordance with the
Party’s constitution. The party is a moderate political party in The Gambia and
it was the dominant ruling party from 1965 with President Dawda Jawara at the
Jawara was elected for a sixth term in office in 1992, but was overthrown in a coup by young army officers in 1994. Then, the party was banned from the 1996 and 1997 elections.
However, the congress, convened by the party national executive committee, was the first congress after nineteen years.
Well, those familiar with party politics in general would reason that in every political party the world over, there are hitches and frictions here and there. And this is not a different scenario in PPP’s case at all. Preparations ahead of the national congress saw the emergence of two splinter factions, which came up with different dates, venue and content of the congress.
On the basis of the discussions brokered by the Independent Electoral Commission, a compromise was reached on the date and venue.
The process of registering constituency delegates and the campaign leading to voting, however, some cried foul play, citing some serious irregularities.
Whether these allegations are true or not is yet to be ascertained. But what is certain is that members of this great party should make sure they defend at all cost the ideal and principles on which the party was founded on.
No matter what member need each other now than ever before in their quest to bring back the party to life after almost 19 years of hiatus. To achieve this, they should not allow division to tear the very fabric of the party, thereby creating a room for their critics to rejoice and celebrate. Once upon a time, PPP a dominant force to be reckoned with. So let members try and bring back that lost glory. Wish you all the best!
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”