Faal congratulates Barrow

Dec 8, 2021, 12:15 PM | Article By: Ali Jaw

Essa Mbye Faal, who contested the recently concluded election, has recanted  his rejection of the results that was declared by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and congratulated President Adama Barrow on his victory to continue steering the affairs of the Gambian people.

In a press conference held at his house, Faal said that it was true that he and his team, with A.N.M. Darboe and Mama Kandeh had rejected the results on Sunday, but the facts they have gathered were not so substantial to support the argument that the election was rigged or otherwise.

“As you all now, we have just concluded a very important election; the election for president. As Team Sobeyaa or Team Essa Mbye Faal, we have crisscrossed the country and tried to sell our agenda to the Gambian people as every candidate in the election did. The people listened to us, they heard our programmes, we also listened to them and heard their concerns and wills and we endeavoured to address them by our programmes,” Faal stressed.

He continued “On the December 4th, 2021, the people spoke their opinion and chose their leader. The results were announced by the IEC and the credibility of the election was confirmed by all international and domestic observers.”

“We have also looked at the materials in our possession and the information we have and have concluded that even though there might have been irregularities and there might have been some violations of the law, by and large, the election results, in our opinion, represent the verdict of the Gambian people, as such it behooves all of us to respect that decision and come together as a people and to try to foster the unity of the Gambian people, try to promote and strengthen the peace of this country and move ahead and focus on national development.”

“As an entity that is just a new entrant in the politics of our country, we would now focus on trying to build our brand, make it more acceptable to the Gambian people and prepare to participate and win future elections. At the present moment I know motions and tension are high. It behooves all of us, all citizens and residents alike, to put aside differences and try to ensure calm, try to ensure the peace this country is well known for.”

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