Sep 12, 2012, 9:40 AM
The people of Bakau on Saturday gave a rousing welcome to the leader of the main opposition United Democratic Party, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, at a political rally attended by hundreds of UDP supporters held at Bakau Sanchaba.
Addressing party supporters at the rally, Darboe commended GRTS for covering the rally under the instructions of the Independent Electoral Commission, adding that it has fulfilled its promise. “This is a good partnership, and I hope it would continue after the election,” he said.
While expressing condolences to the family of the late Baba Jobe, Darboe told the people of Bakau that UDP leadership will not throw out biscuits to people in the street who would end up losing their lives.
He added that if he is given the mandate, his party would put an end to the decay of agriculture. He urged Gambians in general to put an end to President Yahya Jammeh’ regime, adding that he did not have to tell Gambians why they should come out on the 24th November 2011 and vote President Jammeh out of power.
“Prices of basic commodities are skyrocketing, and the cost of living is going up. People should come out on the 24th November and vote out President Jammeh, and if they don’t, they will be condemned by their children,” he stated.
The UDP leader said the engines which are being used at NAWEC are older than he is, and that is why there is always erratic power cuts.
Noting that the youths are the ones who suffer most, Darboe also stated that there are no plans to empower the youths of this country in terms of self-employment.
“Taxes are so high on investors, and this is why they are closing their businesses,” he told the gathering, adding that a majority of Gambians go to bed hungry, as most of them make ends meet to survive, and that there is begging everywhere.
“The 24th November 2011 is the date to end the suffering of Gambians,” Darboe said, adding further that Nianija and Kombo North constituencies voted for the APRC, and they did not enjoy any development and the condition of our roads are poor.
Promising that under a UDP government, they will build first-class roads, the UDP leader said the so-called development is to cajole Gambians.
“The Government has not made good use of the river transport. Come 24th November, Gambians’ verdict will not be cheated, and it would mark the independence of Gambians,” he further stated.
Adding that the forthcoming presidential election is a referendum for President Jammeh to transform himself into a king, Darboe called on Gambians to be very careful.
Also speaking at the rally, Shyngle Nyassi, National Organising Secretary of the UDP, denied that the people of Bakau have defected to the APRC, noting that majority of those that attended the meeting are residents of Bakau.
“President Jammeh is dividing and ruling the people. School fees are expensive. Vote for Darboe, because he will bring power back to the people,” Nyassi said.
Other speakers, including Dembo Bojang (By Force) and Dudu Kassa Jatta, all expressed similar sentiments.