A prominent Bakau politician who switched allegiance to the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) two years ago has declared his intention to contest the Old Bakau Ward seat under the ticket of the ruling party in the forthcoming Local Government Election slated for April 4th.
Ousman Jatta better known as "Rambo" made this declaration Monday afternoon during an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at his Cape Point office in Bakau.
Jatta will be among a host of many Gambians to contest the 144 available councilor seats in all the seven administrative regions of the country. He is the latest among ruling party politicians to throw his hat into the election boxing ring, coming hard on the heels of the recent declaration by Banjul and Kanifing's Samba Faal and Yankuba Colley respectively, who served as mayors for the past five years.
"I will contest the seat under APRC ticket because it is the party that I belong to. By the power of Allah and the blessings of the people of Bakau, I will run for my second full term," Jatta, a former opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) stalwart stated.
Commenting on the significance of the April polls, Jatta underscored that it is one of the most important elections for the people given its connection to the grassroots.
Quizzed on his take on any possible challenger in the race, he said: "The seat is open for everybody since it is not mine".
Assessing his term in office over the past five years, Jatta indicated that he has registered a lot of achievements for his community including a donation of a 20-foot container to both Bakau Lower Basic School and Health Centre. He disclosed that currently over 220 kids are benefiting from his sponsorship initiative in the community, saying he hopes to expand this package to reach more children in the community.
"When I joined the APRC party, the community witnessed the registration of a lot of developments projects such as the fishing project which is under the sponsorship of The Gambian leader himself, the provision of a rice milling machine amongst others," he highlighted.
Jatta then urged the people to foster unity and be bonded with a common objective of working to advance the development of the community. He equally urged the people to desist from side issues and look forward to developing Bakau.
It would be recalled that Rambo defected to the APRC in January 2011, a move that was seen as a big blow for the UDP. His switching of allegiance to the ruling party marked a turning point in his political career in that his popularity increased.