By Sulayman Jeng in UK
I am a strong subscriber to the notion that we are the architects of our own destiny. To be respected by others one must refused to be disrespected. In his delusional devil’s workshop, Jammeh believes APRC is his personal entity. And for long the party members and executive had accepted to be his collection. One of the reasons is in Gambian politics party leaders do not step down to allow others lead even though they had contested and lost severally. This leads to the unwitting believe that without the leader the party perishes.
Like the PDOIS headline when the late Jawara announced in 1992 at Mansakonko that he will not put himself up as the flag bearer of PPP: “YIRIBA BOITA KUNOLU JANJANTA”. Fabakary T Jatta and his executive colleagues had proven an exception to the proverbial “yiriba” by keeping the APRC alive and active without its “Supreme Leader” for almost five years.
That is an awakening jolt for them. Now that they have gone further to defy and prove to Jammeh that they are in control and he cannot unilaterally make decisions without executive and congress approval, they should seek legal action to stop anyother person or group of persons to use the name of the party and its symbols without their consent. Their massive attendance at the NPP rally in Sukuta yesterday sends an emphatic message to refugee Jammeh that is nothing but the proverbial toothless bulldog. Even if he comes back crawling to them, they must continue to remain resolute that he is a ceremonial leader with no executive authority to unilaterally make decisions or issue orders. Once that is driven home to his deluded mind, then it will be easy to reunify the party.
Barrow, NPP and other parties must also draw lessons from this experience. Albeit it is preached that there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics but interest, negotiations with other parties must be guided by party principles and ideals put electorates expectations on the centre.