Bahai News - URD Delegation Congragulates Jammeh
URD Delegation Congragulates Jammeh
Gambia Radio & TV News (Banjul)
November 2, 2001
Posted to the web November 2, 2001
Abdoulie Gassama/Ramou Hall
A delegation from the Upper River Division comprising Chiefs, Alkalos,
Religious leaders, Youth Women Representatives yesterday called on the
President Alhaji Yahya Jammeh at Kanilai to congratulate him for winning
last month's Presidential election.
The leader of the URD delegation, Commissioner Daba Marena said although
the division failed to live up to expectation in the October Polls, the
entire division cannot fail to rejoice over President Jammeh's victory. Mr
Marena said that President Jammeh has brought a lot of development to the
division for which they are indebted. He expressed their surprise that the
APRC party did not poll the expected number of votes in URD. He made a firm
promise that they will vote for the APRC party during the National Assembly
Seyfo Kandakassey Juwara said they will celebrate President Jammeh's
victory in a modest way until they rectify the mistake during the National
The Secretary of State for Tourism and Culture Mr Yankuba Touray who is the
APRC's National Mobiliser told the gathering that the President is not
angry with them although he did not win there and has not labelled them as
opposition members. He said he is determined to work harder to uplift the
status of all Gambians.
In reply, President Jammeh said that though the outcome of the election in
URD came as a surprise to him, God has pre-destined it that way.
Mr Touray expressed surprise that URD people still have confidence in
politicians of the former government which neglected their region for
over 30 years. He challenged them to vindicate themselves in the
National Assembly elections.
In a separate engagement, President Jammeh also receive in audience a
delegation of religious leaders who called on him to congratulate him
in his election victory.
The Religious delegation comprised of members of the supreme Islamic
Council, the Ahmadiyya Jamat, the Gambia Christian Council and the
Bahai Faith. They were led to Kanilai by the Religious Secretary
The President assured the religious leaders of his firm determination
to give them support in their spiritual endeavours. He however
appealed to them to be tolerant and to continue to ensure a peaceful
co-existence amongst religious groups in the country.
The President of the Supreme Islamic Council Banding Drammeh noted
that the outcome of the election is God's will and is an answer to
their prayers for a victory to emerge in a peaceful and stable
Gambia. He enjoined all Gambian to accept and respect divine
Buba Trawally of the Ahmadiyya Jamat expressed that anyone bestowed
with trust should be given support in a bid for the person to strive
to ensure stability and development for all without discrimination.
Chairman and General Supretendant of the Methodist Church Reverend
Titus Pratt noted that his Church have been following with Great
interest, development projects since Jammeh's accession to power. He
pledge the church's hopes and prayers that, more greater results are
achieved in the next five years.
Further sentiments of prayers and commendation also came from Father
Gabisi Father Bami Collins of the Anglican Mission and Edriss Barry
of the Bahai Faith.
SOS Touray appealed to religious leaders to continue to guide the
action in prayers and counselling of the young to be tolerant, law
abiding and discipline.-0-
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