President Jammeh meeting the APRC National Congress Task Force Committee in 2014

By Deyda Hydara

Too many Gambians hide their presidential ambitions behind their criticism of the opposition. They are not brave enough to declare their presidential ambitions yet pretend to fight Jammeh. Is the opposition leadership the cause of our predicaments? Is the opposition responsible for the human rights abuses, the economic downturn, the misplaced priorities and the bad policies affecting the Gambia? No.

Never has the online media taken on the APRC party head on in their criticism.

The biggest enabler of Yaya Jammeh is the APRC [Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction] party. As if those who steer the affairs of the APRC party are innocent and beyond criticism from the online media only Yaya Jammeh is being criticized openly and constantly leaving the APRC party blameless. Besides the criticism levied on the APRC wing in the United States, those APRC members on the ground are totally spared from criticism. Without the APRC party Jammeh is nobody as far as elections are concerned. Yet the online media hardly blames or bashes the executives and the militants of the APRC. Yaya Jammeh alone cannot win elections in the Gambia if the APRC party does not campaign for him. It is the APRC party executive that does the registration of foreigners to participate in our elections and sometimes registrations take place in their own compounds. Nobody talks about it. It is the APRC party that organizes meetings, shamelessly lying and luring Gambians to vote for Jammeh. All these are covered by the GRTS TV yet nobody talks about it. It is the APRC party that covers up the blunders of Yaya Jammeh from the public live on TV and nobody talks about it. The APRC members are as guilty as Yaya Jammeh and the NIA [National Intelligence Agency] and no online media talks about it. Is this really fair to the Gambian opposition parties that are being constantly blasted upon, belittled and even blamed for our predicaments by our online media? Is it fair to the opposition that have no platform on the ground to express their views and agenda only to come to the online media to be demoralized, dehumanized sometimes insulted using the foreign BS language? Verily Jammeh and the APRC must the happiest political group enjoying a free propaganda against their opponents on the ground. I really pity the Gambian opposition parties and leadership for they are prosecuted at home and denied access to the local media only to come to the diaspora online media to be rejected and demoralized by the online media.

Too many Gambians hide their presidential ambitions behind their criticism of the opposition. They are not brave enough to declare their presidential ambitions yet pretend to fight Jammeh. Is the opposition leadership the cause of our predicaments? Is the opposition responsible for the human rights abuses, the economic downturn, the misplaced priorities and the bad policies affecting the Gambia? No.

Yaya Jammeh and the APRC executive will NEVER come to the diaspora online media to grant interviews. By not doing so, the online media spare them the virulent criticism leveled on the opposition that avail themselves to their platforms. That is not fair. We should treat our opposition leaders with respect. Yes we should criticize them constructively without using foul foreign words. Negative criticism is not constructive and can lead to further division that further delays the opposition unity that we are all calling for. Let us not loose our traditional values. Let us not loose our bearing.
The struggle to remove Jammeh has become too personal. Every one wants to remove Jammeh but all of us want to be the hero and the leader dictating the narratives. Gambians are our own enemies. Some Gambians enjoy seeing Gambians fighting each other. Will this attitude advance the struggle to remove Jammeh?

It is more than high time that we put our house in order if we are sincerely committed to removing Jammeh. Talking about the problems too much will not solve our problems. It is the brainstorming on providing solutions, ideas, and tangible proposals that can help us achieve our objectives.

There are only four ways to remove Jammeh from office beside natural death:
1- Coup d’état.

2- Assassination.

3- Insurrection.

4- Elections.

The vocation of the political parties is not to conduct the first three violent options. They only can do what the law allows us to do and that is electioneering. Nothing stops those that want to use violent means to carry on their actions for change. My advice to them is to take up arms because they will certainly need them.

Since we are in an election year, we should make full use of it as responsible citizens. As democrats fighting dictatorship, we should not discount the democratic process. The international community partakes in elections, assess the process and even fund them. We should not loose sight that after Jammeh, elections will be the order of the day for change of regime. Just like we accept in our discussions to agree and disagree, we should also inculcate electioneering culture in our political discuss. No Gambian wants to see the Gambia in post-Jammeh to be ruled by coup d’état after coup d’état like in Guinea Bissau. The problem with elections in the Gambia is Yaya Jammeh and the APRC stealing, rigging and monopolizing the local media and not the opposition. If there is any virulent criticism that the online media should blast upon it should be the APRC and not the opposition parties or leadership. The online media should call out an all out war with FULL FORCE against the APRC and the IEC to stop registering foreigners and the ARPC shamelessly lying to people to vote for Jammeh. This is what will help the masses to get involve and take full OWNERSHIP of the power of their voting cards. Failing which and continuing the negative propaganda will only help Jammeh and the APRC to entrench themselves without a fight.

Election is a win or loose on numbers. In any case Gambians in the election registry are far greater in numbers than the illegal foreign voters.

Thank you for your attention.

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