By Omar Bah
President Adama Barrow has vowed to continue his “tremendous” developmental trajectory if he gets reelected in December.
Addressing a youth rally organised by his National People’s Party youth wing last Friday, President Barrow said he couldn’t accomplish all his development desires for the country because he was leading a coalition government. Thousands of NPP youths gathered at the Arch in Banjul to show their support to President Barrow.
“I can tell you today that I couldn’t achieve all my developmental aspirations because I was leading a joint government. There are people who pull me down whenever I try to rise to the top but after the December election, if I am re-elected, I will transform this country,” he said.
The Banjul youth rally was viewed as the most attended rally the president has ever held.
The Gambian leader told the meeting attended by government ministers and senior NPP executives that the rally has sent a clear signal that his fellow contenders will be wasting money in December.
NPP supporters were heard chanting “it is all over” as the president took to the podium to deliver his speech.
President Barrow said despite all the challenges his government has faced in the past four years or so, they have managed to accomplish all massive development initiatives.
“As we speak, I have built about 3000 classrooms and constructed roads and bridges throughout the country. All these classrooms are tiled and provided with fans, teachers’ quarters and 2000 standard toilets. We also renovated about 1500 classrooms. We are also sponsoring about 1400 university students, 600 tertiary students and 400 other students studying abroad and education is free from nursery to grade 12. NPP doesn’t talk, we walk the talk,” he said.
President Barrow urged his supporters to allow his detractors to continue talking while he continues to bring development to the doorstep of every Gambian.
“I am very happy today because this youth rally demonstrates that Gambian youths are beginning to realise the massive development my government is bringing in this country. I know today that the young of this country want to reelect me in December,” he said.
The NPP youth wing, he added, has sent “a very strong message to the Gambian people and the opposition that no one politician can challenge” him in December.
“You people that are going against me in December will be a waste of resources and time. It is all but over and after December we will separate the goats from the sheep,” he said in the Mandinka dialect.
The secretary general of the NPP youth wing, Kebba Lang Fofana said the majority of the youth are ready to re-elect President Adama Barrow.
“I am delighted to announce with clarity that the majority of the youth of this country are 100% ready to re-elect President Barrow, party leader and Secretary General of NPP as president of The Gambia come December 4th presidential election. With no doubt, His Excellency Adama Barrow has proven to be a unifying leader, peaceful, respectful and above all upholds the cardinal principles of democracy and freedom of speech and expression,” he said.