Gambia’s incumbent President Yahya Jammeh and leader of the ruling APRC party have threatened electorates in Brikama, West Coast Region, against voting for him in the upcoming elections.

 

Mr Jammeh is seeking for a fifth term with two challengers, Adama Barrow who is leading a coalition and Mama Kandeh of the Gambia Democratic Congress. The Gambia goes to the polls on Thursday, December 1st, 2016.

 

Speaking at a campaign rally in Canon or SSP in Brikama, Mr Jammeh told the meeting that voting for the opposition is destrying the future of the country.

 

“If you want development, vote for me. But if you want your children to be refugees, you vote for the opposition” he said.

 

Meanwhile, the statement by Mr Jammeh is seen by many as a threat. Some even said it is early warning for Mr Jammeh’s unwillingness to relinquish power even if he is defeated in the upcoming election.

 

Mr Jammeh has been uttering threatening words prior to the electioneering period. Earlier in the year, he threatened to kill all Mandinkas, the largest ethnic group in The Gambia.

 

The race to the State House continues to intensify with all political parties in their rushing days to reach every town and community in The Gambia for the campaign.