By Alagie Manneh
Aji Yam Secka, the deputy leader of the United Democratic Party has observed that with the current pace and interest Gambian women are showing in politics, it would not be too long before the country gets a female president.
The UDP deputy leader said she is personally delighted about the level of political participation among women, something she said she has been advocating for long.
Aji Yam Secka added that they are “proud” of Mayor Rohey Lowe because her success at the recent polls has showed how far women could go in manning top leadership positions if they consider career in politics.
“Not many foresaw Banjul having a female mayor. We have made that possible and it is a big success for the party, and the country at large,” she The Standard at her residence in Kanifing.
“The last council elections, the United Democratic Party, we nominated 8 female candidates, nationally, but only three won. However, that was a step [in] the right direction.”
The advocacy [for women to take up careers in politics] was already there when Rohey Malick Lowe applied to be sponsored by our party and she was selected unanimously.
“And I am very proud of her, very proud of Banjulians, because we have made a name. We will be in the history books. We have elected the first female lawyer for Banjul, for the first time. So, I wish her the best of luck.”
She advised: “We have two-third majority in council, never mind we have other councillors from other groups. Let her work with them as a team, so that she will have a successful term in council.”