The purported statement from The Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) condemned President Adama Barrow statement on December 2nd 2018 in Statehouse while meeting thousands of supporters from West Coast Region, Gambia’s biggest voter population is nothing but deliberate misrepresentation of facts and calculated to mislead Gambian and build seed of discord between Gambians and the presidency. The GDC in its delusion stated that the president “make some threatening remark” that “had dictatorial tendencies” is in accurate and fallacious.
The GDC further rejected the president and accused him of what it called “the ECOMIG forces are here”….. “take repressive measures against the Gambian people” this statement from GDC is not only deceptive but fallacious and misleading and millions miles far away in planet Pluto from being the truth as they choose to falsely twist his words.
The president unequivocally in his statement rejected repression and illegal use of force and power by using an analogy of his constitutional powers as commander-in-chief and to dispelled notion that he had no powers and or he is scared rather, the president informed the gathering that in as much as he had security might and authority vested in him by the constitution as in the former regime adding that power can only be use in accordance with rule of law.
Below is verbatim of the president statement on his analogy of been vested same powers as former President Jammeh.
“Yesterday , people were scared, they said Yahya Jammeh had powers but I’m telling you the powers vested in Yahya Jammeh yesterday are same powers or even more vested in me … he (Yahya Jammeh ) who was here yesterday , he had the army, police and SIS (NIA)but me (I) have the army, police, SIS (NIA)and ECOMIG forces (laugh)….if you say ECOMIG forces , means the whole of 15 member ECOWAS bloc , but what’s important is to use that power and authority vested in you in accordance with rule of law , respect and human dignity that’s what is important ” said President Barrow in Mandinka.
Contrary to the GDC’S delusional and cooked up statement aimed at negating and twisting his words during a successful dialogue with the power house region for political gains. President Adama Barrow reaffirmed his zero tolerant for repression and informed that constitutional powers can only be use judiciously and through dictate of rule of law and fundamental human rights.
On Foni region, the GDC condemned what it called “uncalled for and seemed inappropriate” the GDC deception tactics only exposed their inability or weaknesses in reasoning and also indicates that, the GDC picked up hoax and fake postings by impostors on Facebook and quickly rush to antagonized President Barrow without verifying such.
The statement about Foni, All well meaning should hailed the reconciliatory tone from the occupant of the country’s executive seat at number one Marena parade.
On Foni, the president said the following “I listened to speakers from Foni region, I’m elated that Foni people and I reached a common understanding….without dialogue certainly no mutual understanding or terms will be realised…I want all to understand that, Foni is part of Gambia and under my leadership , …for Foni, like any other region and under my leadership ….under my leadership , any project or development programme bound for Foni I will never accept such to be diverted to other regions because Foni region do not support me , no, no way all Foni bound development projects or benefits under my regime shall be delivered to the region because Foni is under my leadership and one Gambia ” President Barrow stated in Mandinka.
It is crystal clear that President Barrow assured Foni region that under his leadership all regions of the Gambia shall be treated equally irrespective of their political affiliation.
The GDC’S call for the international community including USA to “dialogue with the president to desist from using such threat to the people of the nation” this phrase is laughable as President Barrow issued no threat instead his comment were reassuring and speaks volumes of his democratic nature and resolves to building a vibrant and sustained democratic dispensation.
SEEDY SK NJIE.