At a traditional stronghold for the ruling APRC party, Banjul city, the presidential candidate of the coalition 2016 Adama Barrow after receiving a surprising turn out told the city natives to decisively take back the country from President Yahya Jammeh who has been ruling the country for the past 22 years.
Barrow and entourage reached Banjul on Sunday evening, 27th November, 2016 where massive city supporters and sympathizers of the coalition welcomed them from the national assembly building to the interior of Banjul where a short congested meeting took place.
Interestingly, Barrow could only managed to address the crowd from the upward opening of his vehicle using the public addressing system due to push and pull fanfare while the rest of other leaders postponed speeches and soon found their way out for another scheduled destination although this did not sap the excitement and spirit of the supporters.
Speaking when it was dark, around 8pm just beside the ministry of interior building, the independent candidate representing the coalition recalled his school life moments in Banjul while attending Crab Island as well as his high school. He said Banjul is his home city because that’s where he was brought up and educated at Perseverance Street.
He said “it is important to note that Banjul is the city and very underdeveloped and President Jammeh is not the choice to change the lives of the city dwellers after 22 years of failed rule. Gambia as a whole will be a better place if you vote for me because voting for me means voting for intellectuals like Halifa Sallah, Omar (OJ) Jallow, Dembo Bojang, Hamat Bah, Dr. Isatou Touray, Henry Gomez, Sidia Jatta, Mai Fatty, Jerreh Jammeh who all have the capacity to turn the bad things to good things for the betterment of this country. Jammeh has been misusing public funds by unnecessarily donating foreign artists and governments when Banjul as the capital city of the Gambia is dilapidating.”
Meanwhile, the presidential hopeful continued his overnight rallies in several communities including Sukuta, Tujereng, Sanyang before they took a stop at Brikama on Monday morning around 9 am where they held a rally.
At Sukuta, the entourage was grounded at the field which was fully inundated by people to the extent that no meeting and speech could be done even unlike Banjul.
The Coalition 2016 left Brikama on Monday evening around 4pm for Manduar and the satellite villages before Tuesday campaign deadline ahead of the 1 December presidential election.