President Yahya Jammeh has reiterated his promise to transform The Gambia into an “economic superpower”, adding that the country will be an example in the world with his government in power.
President Jammeh made this promise in a brief speech before his supporters and party members in his home village of Kaninlai after he was unanimously chosen to lead APRC in December Presidential polls.
The party chairman and the founder of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), Jammeh said his unanimous selection by party delegates across the country was a clear testimony of the trust and confidence they have in him and his government.
“You put your trust on me and I will put my everything, my destiny to work for you,” he said.
“I will serve you with my sweat, I will serve you with my prayers and I am ready to serve you with my blood. With the Almighty Allah on our side and worshipping only Allah, APRC Government would make Gambia an example to the whole world.”
Jammeh added that in the coming years, his government will continue to pursue various development projects aimed at improving the livelihood of Gambians.
“In the next five years even the remotest part of the country will have access to clean drinking water and electricity and by 2018, education would be free from kindergarten to university,” he said.
“By the grace of the Almighty Allah, the Gambia will say goodbye to poverty and starvation.”
The Gambia will hold presidential elections in December 2016, with legislative and local polls to follow in April 2017 and April 2018.
Jammeh won four elections since coming to power in 1994 through a bloodless coup.
In 1996 he won 56 per cent of the votes, in 2001 he got 53 per cent of the votes, in 2006 he got 67 per cent of the votes and in 2011 he got 71 per cent of the votes.
While calling on Gambians to unite and work together and to “do onto others as they would want others to do onto them,” Jammeh warned that his party would not compromise the peace and stability of the country nor will it condone evildoers especially those who cause chaos and civil unrest to get their leaders to step down.