By Omar Bah
The National People’s Party will on Friday hold a youth rally at the Banjul Arch targeting at least 10, 000 people.
The rally, according to the party’s youth wing, will focus on fostering unity and national cohesion among Gambian youth ahead of the December presidential election.
President Adama Barrow and senior NPP executives are expected to attend the maiden youth rally.
The NPP youth wing national coordinator, Kebba Madi Bojang, said the rally will focus on bringing the young together as well as attempt to discourage all forms of political insults and sentiments.
“We want to discuss how we can discourage all forms of political sentiments. We believe politics should be a matter of choice and everybody has the right to support any party of his/her choice,” he told The Standard yesterday.
He said the party believes the young people should not allow any politician to use them against each other.
“This country belongs to all of us and as future leaders, we should do everything to ensure that this country remains peaceful,” he said.
The party’s secretary, National Youth Wing, Kebba Lang Fofana, said: “The rationale behind the rally is to change the political landscape in the country. It is sad that everyday somebody’s father, uncle or wife is insulted just because of politics.
“We want to advocate for social cohesion and clear the path for peaceful existence of all the political parties in this country. This has been the message of the NPP and we will take these kinds of messages towards the December presidential election.”
Bojang, who is also the Barrow Youth for National Development’s secretary general, said the rally will also serve as a show of appreciation to President Barrow.
“We want to use the rally to return gratitude to the president for his stance towards the welfare of Gambian youths. The rally will also send a clear message to the president that our mission is to ensure that he is re-elected. We believe the country is on the right track and if he is given another chance, he will take this country where we all want it to be,” Bojang added.
He said the party has purchased enough facemasks for all those who will turn up at the rally on Friday.