The Commission on political debates (CPD) hereby announces that Lamin Kaba Bajo, presidential candidate and incumbent president of the Gambia Football Federation has declined to participate in the first-ever GFF presidential debate to be organized by the CPD.
Team-Kaba in a letter replying to CPD’s invitation to participate in the aforementioned debate, stated that they have already lined up series of campaign activities which does not include nor encourage public debate or confrontation between them and fellow stakeholders.
The CPD however remains optimistic that Mr. Bajo and his team will reconsider their position to participate in this highly anticipated and very important political dialogue that will shape Gambian football and GFF politics forever.
In the meantime, the CPD assures the general public that the GFF Presidential Debate scheduled to take place on the 13th of August, at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, will still go on at 8:30 pm.
Important stakeholders like the Gambia government through the Ministry of Youths and Sports, Fifa, Caf, GFF and the seventy-seven (77) voting delegates have all been informed of this great debate and have all been invited to grace the event. In addition, the CPD is partnering with all TV stations in the country, the print media and radio stations to bring the debate to Gambians live from Jaama Hall. The candidate who has confirmed his participation will debate live on the following thematic areas; League Standardization, Growth of women’s football & regional football plans, financial stability, independence and Fifa Funds, veterans engagement & management, good governance & transparency and football infrastructure, projects & management.
Finally, the CPD seeks to remind the general public as well as the candidates that political dialogues are coherent and a form of campaign for any aspiring candidate for any contested position as candidates get to speak directly to voters about their manifestos in a better and well- coordinated manner.