Gambia’s main opposition party, the United Democratic Party (UDP) has announce that 45 youths from Sami Madiyana, a village in Sami District, the Central River Region (CRR) has defected from the APRC party to the UDP.
Mr. Single Nyassi, the Organizing Secretary of the UDP said this is becoming a phenomenon on a weekly basis that people are defecting from the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) to join the UDP. He said: “We are urging all Gambians to feel free and attend UDP programmes and rallies in other to compare what UDP has to offer and that of the APRC, and then they can decide on their party choices.”
Malick Khan, who claims to be the Youth Leader at Sami Madiyana, appeared at the UDP Bureau on Wednesday March 16, 2011 to inform UDP officials about the new political development in their area.
He told journalists their purposed of defection to UDP is part of efforts to effect a change of government come the 2011 Presidential Elections. According to him, they (youths of Madiyana) have been victimized by the current regime and are short of the tasting good governance.
Khan said they have benefited little or nothing from the APRC government for the past 16 years. “We are farmers and since the advent of the APRC government we are not happy and are suffering as the government cannot buy our farm products. We lack farm equipments and fertilizers,” he said.
He added: “We lack proper communication facilities, road networks, medical, water and sanitation facilities, no employment opportunities have been created for us.”
Lamin Ceesay, the Assistant Youth Propaganda Secretary uses the occasion to urge Gambian youths to rally behind the UDP by voting for the party in the forthcoming polls.
In a letter made available to this paper, the Youths of Madiyana said: “We the youths of the above mentioned village are here by writing to inform the bureau that 45 people have defected from the ruling party to UDP making it total of 125 people with regards to the last defection.” The letter is signed by Sami Madiyana Youth Society. Source - The Voice