Gambia’s opposition leader Adama Barrow says he has tremendous support ahead of the country’s presidential election and is sure of a bigger margin win.
Incumbent Yahya Jammeh who is seeking to extend his 22 year grip on power is set to face a rare challenge from a more united oppostion on Thursday.
“Gambians have suffered for the past 22 years because we have somebody in power who wants to say in power by all means. We have somebody in power who is dictating everybody. And that’s why we came as a force to challenge him,” Barrow said.
International attention has been focused on Yahya Jammeh’s repressive rule in Gambia.
Barrow thinks he has built a good reputation which will enable him succeed.
“I have over 2-3,000 tenants. I interact with all of those people but basically everybody knows me as a very nice man. When I came up I think 99 percent of them are giving me their support.”
Gambia withdrew from the International Criminal Court last month on the basis that it is bias towards Africans, raising fears of a possible merciless crackdown on protesters in case of electoral disturbances.