Yuba Jarju elected new Kanilai Ward councilor

By: Sheriff Barry

The Independent Electoral Commission yesterday announced that in accordance with Sections 42 and 52 of the Elections Act, Alhaji Yuba B.K. Jarju was nominated through the APRC Party ticket to contest for the position of councilor for Kanilai Ward by-election.

The nomination was held on Thursday September 3rd but because he was the only candidate nominated at the close of nomination, there would be no election. “Therefore, in accordance with Section 53, subsection (1) (a) and (b) of the same Act, I hereby declare that Alhaji Yuba B.K. Jarju has been duly elected councilor for the Kanilai Ward in the Brikama Area Council,” Alhaji Mustapha L. Carayol, the chairman of the IEC said in a statement.

The by-election was necessitated by the demise of the previous holder of the position, Kebbaringo Bojang. The nomination was held at the IEC’s regional office in Brikama, West Coast Region and was observed by Anthony Robert Secka, the returning officer. It was also attended by several cabinet ministers and APRC party stalwarts.

Yuba B.K Jarju thanked God the Almighty for giving him the opportunity to become the new councilor. He equally thanked the people for having the trust and confidence in nominating him among a host of other people. He disclosed that, he has always been in the forefront of the party’s interest.

“The trend will, therefore, continue, with my new portfolio and I will do everything possible to deliver to the best of my ability for the interest of the party,” he said, while praying for the late councilor to rest in perfect peace, describing him as a hero for the party who will forever be remembered.

Yankuba Colley, the mayor of the Kanifing Municipality and the APRC National Mobiliser reiterated that the Kanilai Ward and WCR as a region is a no go area for the opposition. “This is democracy, and they [the opposition] are welcomed if they wish to challenge us, then we will show them our might and victory will always be on our side,” he said.

He, therefore, urged the party militants to continue with their unshakable fighting spirit, and stand united behind President Jammeh as their hopeful leader to change the welfare and well-being of Gambians, something he said the President continues to demonstrate since the 22nd July takeover. “As vanguards and subordinates of the President, we will continue to give him all the necessary support.”

The minister of Interior, Hon. Ousman Sonko said they are sad because the APRC has lost a dynamic party hero, Kebbaringo Bojang, but said life has to move on. He thanked the ward committee for the tireless efforts in coming up with a single candidate. The process, he said was well organised and done extremely well, until the final point.

Ebrima Solo Marreh, the West Coast Region’s APRC party chairman said his region is united with one voice. He said the slogan is that when the choice of the people is selected, then he is the right candidate.