By Halimatou Ceesay
The Gambia’s former governing party, Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) Tuesday nominated 17 candidates vying for councillorship in next month’s Kanifing Municipal election.
The 14 men and three women were accompanied to the electoral commission offices by a convoy of hundreds cheerful party supporters dressed from head to toe in their party colour- green.
Some of the Contestants
Speaking to the waiting journalists after submitting their nomination papers, Bai Madi Jammeh, candidate for Sabiji Ward, said he is contesting the election because of his competency and ability to bring about the desired change that his supporters and the people want. He said his motive is to develop and work in the best interest of his people.
While thanking the people of Sabiji for choosing him as their candidate, Mr Jammeh expressed gratitude to his party’s leadership for their trust in him.
Lamin Sambou, candidate for Fajikunda Ward, said he is confident of winning the election. He thanked his people for their support and picking him as their candidate.
Pa Lamin Gibba, candidate for Abuko Ward, said it is very important for him to participate in this election especially as a young able youth. He said if elected he will work hard and bring development to the youths of Abuko.
Sulayman Jammeh, candidate for Bundung Six Junction Ward, said this is his second time he is contesting in participating in Councillorship election. He said that with hard work and dedication as far as Bundung Six junction is concern he is a winner and that he has proved it to his people by bringing more project both on women issue and youth development.
Aja Rohey Sanyang, contesting Bartez Ward, said she is contesting the election is to work for the advancement of women and youths in her ward. She said she is hopeful of sweeping the polls and will work on many development projects for her people.
Isatou M Conteh of Dippa Kunda Ward, shared similar sentiments and promised to bring development to the doorstep of the people in her ward.
Haddy Gomez, who vying for Bakau Cape Point Ward, said it is her constitutional right to contest in this election and also to take part in the development of her ward.
Abou B Jallow, candidate for London Corner Ward, said his motive is to empower women and youth of his ward through development.
Kebba Ceesay, candidate for New Jeshwang/ Ebo town said he is seeking another term because of public demand and wants to complete what he has started.
Lamin Charles Camara, candidate for Old Jeshwang Ward, said he is contesting the election to fulfill the wishes of his people and his priority are education, health, good water and electricity.