By Lamin Njie

President Adama Barrow on Sunday insisted he is the bus driver, threatening he will get anyone who failed to comply with the rules off the bus.

“I’m the bus driver, if you’re in the bus and refuse to comply with the rules, if you do not step off on your own, we will get you off,” President Barrow told a crowd of supporters from Banjul and the Kanifing Municipality at State House.

Thousands of people from Banjul and the Kanifing Municipality on Sunday met with President Barrow at State House.

At the meeting, President Barrow insisted that he was the one who led the Jammeh defenestration effort, as he launched a fresh attack on the United Democratic Party and its leader Ousainou Darboe.

President Barrow said: “Anyone who knows me knows that all that I know is work. I was working for myself. I never thought I will work for government but when the time came it’s God who called me, and when God called me I answered, and God has agreed to put me in this position. I believe that it’s only God who came remove me from this position. No one can remove me, you cannot say anything that will remove me. You can say that you’re popular, you can say you have knowledge – that the whole Gambia knows you but what use does all that have? There is only one thing that matters; what you are doing for the Gambians.

“We can disagree on everything but you will not dispute that 2016 it was Adama Barrow who led and the whole Gambia followed me, we won elections and removed Yahya Jammeh. No one will dispute that. When it was happening, there were people who what they needed was cool air. So when they came out that day, some of them who I welcomed the first thing they told me was, ‘you’re the Prophet Moses’.

“You can say that I own GDC. You can say that I own UDP. You can say that I own NRP. You can say that I own NCP. People can believe that. But to say that you own people, that’s a lie. People own themselves. But when it comes to the issue of this world, one has to be careful and whatever you see there is a reason for it.

“I was in UDP. That’s where I was 22 years. In 2016, in the national assembly from zero national assembly member to 31 national assembly members. In 2016, you had no councillor. In 2017, 2018 you have 62 councillors. In 22 years, you neither had mayor nor chairman. In 2018 you have seven of them. What do you think is responsible for this?”