Gambia - Aprc Urges Iec Chair To Resign, Says He Is Anti Aprc
Fabakary Tombong-Jatta, the leader of the opposition Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) has called on the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Alieu Momar Njai, to honourably resign, while describing him as anti APRC.
“There are lots of things that the IEC has done against this party. In the interest of free, fair and credible election and the peace and stability of The Gambia, we are calling on the IEC chairman to resign,” he said, arguing he is being bias and has a political position and he is anti APRC; and in this circumstance, he is not qualified.
The APRC party leader was speaking during a press conference held at the party’s new political bureau in Manjai Kunda.
Let him resign and go and join any political party he wants, Mr. Jatta added. “Elections mostly around the world can create lots of instability in a country where there is no credibility.”
The former Serekunda East lawmaker added that the IEC chairman was interviewed on The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) and said that he was happy that APRC is gone. “The chairman should be independent and those remarks should not have come from him.”
He recalled that in the past Local Government Election of councilors, the IEC announced two results. The chairman announced that the 18 seats for the APRC but later announced 16 seats instead, he said.
Mr. Jatta also expressed disappointment with the leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, saying that Darboe in an interview said that his party would celebrate the way APRC celebrates.
“A lawyer by profession and a leader of a political party in The Gambia, I believe it is our responsibility to ensure that we keep discipline and order. I have contested for APRC in Serekunda East for four times and I have won, the former APRC Mayor Yankuba Colley, has contested three times and won and never have we went to anybody’s place to celebrate. When we celebrate, we celebrate in the streets or at the MacCarthy Square,” he said.
He also expressed disappointment with the security within Kanifing Municipality for having thrown tear gases inside his compound, in which he said were targeting the APRC top brasses.
The APRC leader stated that it is the responsible of the state and its machinery to protect lives and liberty of all those residing in The Gambia, arguing that in the absence of that protection, we reserve the rights for self defence and if necessary, maximum retaliation.
“Over the past one year, we have lots of challenges that could warrant us to be in the streets. However, in the name of peace, we restrained our people. In fact some of our people were not happy with us. We don’t believe in violence. If there is violence, may God forbid, it means we are working on the very good things we did for this country.”
The APRC, he said, believes in dialogue and rule of rule. If the UDP has right to celebrate, let them go to Ousainou Darboe’s compound and celebrate, but they don’t have right to come to my family compound and stone us or provoke us.”