By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Sunday, November 24, 2019.
The President of the West African country of Gambia, Adama Barrow is giving critics and oppositions the side-eye describing their acts as only distractors who are all out to deflect his attention from his development programmes.
Speaking at a meeting in Upper Nuimi, one of the six districts of the North Bank Division of The Gambia as part of his 20-day nationwide tour, the president will not listen to distractors.
President Adama Barrow has vowed not to mind his critics as he branded them detractors who are all out to deflect his attention from his development programmes.
“I will not listen to them because they want to distract me so that I will stop my work and be arguing and responding to them until 2021”
The President added that “When 2021 comes, the issue of accountability is between you (citizens) and I because you are the people who voted me in office.”
He then continued that; “We are here for real work but there are people who want to blow flame into your eyes, going around saying, ‘don’t mind the works done by President Barrow.’ You have shown me that you are not interested in listening to those people going around talking petty.”
“If I am coming back in 2021, I want to tell you (Gambians), ‘I built the Hakalang Road, I want to be able to say I built OIC Conference Centre and highway, that I developed Basse…’.” He said.
The United Democratic Party (UDP) on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, called on Barrow to comply with the initial agreement of three (3) years of political ruling which will end this December 2019, and step down.
On December 1, 2016, seven different political parties came together to form a coalition against former President, Yahya Jammeh who refused to step down after 22 years of serving as president.
Adama Barrow was chosen by the United Democratic Party as the party’s flag bearer and backed by the coalition at the presidential elections but only after President Barrow pledged to rule for only three years, sources say.
Barrow has now astonishingly changed his mind and has said he will serve for five years ‘whether one likes it or not, a move that has sparked a bitter political row. He has now termed those asking him to respect the agreement as distractors.