Jul 29, 2008, 11:00 AM
As the race in the forthcoming presidential election intensifies, Ousainou Darboe, leader of the opposition United Democratic Party, has opined that the current predicament facing the people of this country is a clear indication that Gambians should go in for a change.
The UDP leader, who was speaking at a meeting held in Serrekunda as part of his campaign for the 24th November polls, declared: “Enough is enough! I know, you know, and we all know that it is time for change and development of our country.”
According to him, Gambians should, come 24th November, go in for a change by voting for the UDP so as to improve their livelihood in a more respectful and dignified way.
Darboe, who was impressed by the large turnout in Serekunda, said the turnout demonstrated how the UDP will defeat the Jammeh administration in the coming polls.
“The APRC leadership is The Gambia’s problem, and UDP is the solution to this problem,” he stated.
While calling on Gambians to vote massively for the UDP, Darboe said: “Gambians are sick and tired of the APRC regime.”
He told his party supporters that the solution to the problems facing the country is in their hands, and they should go out in their numbers to vote on 24th November.
He added that Africa has seen opposition leaders winning credible elections, and that this can also happen in The Gambia when Gambians go out and vote massively against the ruling APRC.
Noting that a UDP government will treat all Gambians equally, irrespective of their political affiliation, Darboe accused the APRC administration of “mismanaging public resources.”
“The APRC regime is the cause for Gambia’s under-development,” he said, adding that a UDP government will also work towards reforming the country’s foreign affairs policy, civil service, agriculture, and call for constitutional reforms.
Darboe told cheering crowds of his supporters that a UDP government will provide quality education and medical services for all.
The independence of the judiciary, is the cornerstone for any democracy and good governance, he said, and that a UDP government will give it a priority.
Lamin Dibba, the UDP Campaign Manager and Aji Yamou Secka, Women’s Wing Leader, all called on party supporters and all eligible Gambians to turnout in their large numbers to vote for the UDP.
Dembo Bojang alias Dembo by Force, UDP National President, and Dodou Kassa Jatta, UDP Youth Mobiliser, outlined the UDP’s stance on democracy and good governance.
According to Bojang, it is only Ousainou Darboe that can wipe the tears of Gambians, noting that the UDP was formed based on the principles of democracy, respect for the rule of law and development.
Meanwhile, similar meetings were held in the coastal towns of Brufut and Gunjur, while brief stops were made at Tanji and Tujereng all in Kombo South district of the West Coast Region.