(JollofNews) – Gambia’s former ruling Alliance for Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC) party has staged their first biggest political rally on Saturday since the going into exile in Malabo, Equitorial Guinea of their party leader, Yahya Jammeh who brututally ruled the country for 22 years.
The party made a mobilisation of its members as far as from the country’s farthest Upper River Region, gathering at the Tallinding Buffer Zone. Former President Yahya Jammeh lost his clinch of leadership in the country’s last December election to a first-time presidential candidate and flag bearer of a Seven-party coalition, Adama Barrow.
The party’s 22-year rule of the tiny West African nation has been accused of several human right violations including toture, killings and disappearances without trace. It is also accused of financial abuses and corruption.
More than five thousand people, as targeted attened the rally dominated by the party’s green colour, praising Yahya Jammeh’s name and hoping that he will be returning to the country soon.
The party’s current leader Fabakary Tombong Jatta, a former majority leader of the National Assembly and Mr. Jammeh’s candidate for Serrekunda East appeared at the gathering in a car alongside Seedy SK Njie; Mr. Jammeh’s former nominated National Assembly member who also served as his communication minister for eight days during last Presidential election controversy. Yankuba Colley; also Mr. Jammeh’s party mobiliser and current mayor of Kanifing Municipal Council was also spotted in the car.
Fabakary Tombong Jatta gave statement at the rally, convincing the party supporters that they will remain powerful and committed until they get what they wanted.
There were some sub-conscious political mud-slinging. Some wrangling statements and personal insults. Dire predictions of tribal politics but many Gambians are calling for the APRC party to apologize to Gambians for the brutality and unfair treatment it brought on them. Some others are calling for the total ban of the party in the country.
The party members blamed the new leadership of doing nothing since the taking leadership and accused them of sagging a witch-hunt against the former president and his close allys.
Last June, President Adama Barrow led the swearing-in of a three-member Commission of Inquiry that was established to probe into institutions and bodies in connection to their dealings with former President Jammeh.