EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Opposition Alliance Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC) party’s leadership have blamed the European Union, Gambia Victims’ Centre and activists for allegedly interfering into its request for a police permit to demonstrate the need for the return of former president Yahya Jammeh.
The party which went out in large numbers on Thursday to remind the West Africa regional bloc, ECOWAS, the African Union, and United Nations of their agreements with the exiled former president, Wednesday evening confirmed the receipt of a police permit to held their planned demonstration.
Interim leader Fabakary Tombong Jatta told Eyeafrica that the police were under pressure by forces outside the government.
He said the former ruling party’s mass demonstration is triggered by the silence of the sub-regional and international bodies on the commitment they made to convince Mr Jammeh to leave the statehouse after his defeat by current president, Adama Barrow in the 2016 Presidential elections.
Former majority leader of the National Assembly, Mr Jatta assured that his party will remain law abiding in fulfillment of its pledge to be an opposition with a difference.
However, the party’s Secretary had warned on Wednesday that the APRC would go ahead with its planned demonstration with or without a police permit.
The Thursday mass gathering by the party that ruled the country for 22-years is largely attributed to a command from Mr Jammeh, who in a leaked conversation with the party’s inner circle expressed desire to return home as per his agreement with the ECOWAS, AU, and UN.