People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has held its first political rally at
Brikama-Ba in the Central River Region, few months after their elective
PPP is the party that formed the first government of The Gambia from 1965 to 1994 under the leadership of Sir Dawda Jawara. The PPP during the second regime was suppressed and oppressed under Yahya Jammeh’s leadership. They however held their first congress in Dec. 2018, after many years of suppression.
The former secretary general and leader of the party, Omar Jallow said that the PPP is coming back with force because they were not dead as many thought. He said that they were only banned by the former president, Yahya Jammeh.
He added that their party under the leadership of Yahya Jammeh was banned by decree 89 and it was a law that if any of them was found talking about PPP or holding rally he will either be jailed for seven years or pay a sum of one million dalasis.
“We are going to make a serious contact and concentration in mass membership mobilisation particularly among the youth because that is where we would now focus our programme; because 62% of the population are young people and they need to know the history and legacy of the PPP party.
He said that there is a lot of misunderstandings and misinformation about PPP, adding that without PPP, Gambia will never have been what it is today. He finally called on the PPP supporters and Gambians at large to rally behind Papa Njie, the new party leader for continuous national development.
For his part, Papa Njie, the elected leader and secretary general of the PPP, said that he was not there to compete, but to vowed to continue and do what Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara was doing for the country.
He added that his target was to reach out to the people, more especially the young ones who formed the larger percentage in the country’s population.
He added that the PPP party has done a lot of things in the country ranging from education, agriculture among others.
“I have lot of development aims and aspirations. One is going to be in the farming and agriculture sector because the PPP was formed by farmers who formed the larger percentage of the poor.” he said. “I intend to expand the agriculture in which we will empower the farmers like during the first republic,” he said
According to him, PPP is not known for being deceitful or making sweet talks, but rather, they believe in what their people want and will be ready to give it to them. He finally called on all Gambians to rally behind PPP for sustainable national development.