Mr. Modou I. Cham, better known as MC Cham, an independent candidate for Ebo Town ward, has asserted that come January 24th Local government elections, he will emerge victorious as he is the choice of the people. He added that the contest in the ward would turn out to be what he called a school of experience for the APRC party.
Mr. Cham, who applied to run under an APRC ticket but was dropped at the selection level, expressed his resentment over his rejection and said: “I will teach the APRC a lesson so that next time if they see young people trying their chances, they will leave them alone”.
Speaking to reporters shortly after his nomination Mr. Cham, who had earlier applied to run as an independent candidate in the last National Assembly elections only to withdrew later, said his withdrawal from the National Assembly elections was due to the fact that he had had an agreement with the APRC. “I decided to withdraw voluntarily because there was an agreement between us. I told them that when I withdraw, am going to further my education and since then, they did not do anything about that. They promised to give me scholarship and a job but after all, they did not say anything,” he lamented.
According to Mr. Cham, in spite of all that he decided to seek the ruling APRC party’s blessing to run in the forthcoming local government elections but was dropped during the selection stage.
Outlining his prospects in the contest, Mr Cham said: “I know I have a clear chance because the youths that form part of the population in our ward are behind me. I am the choice of the people and my supporters decided that I should run as an independent candidate,” he said, charging that he will teach the ruling APRC party a lesson.
Mr. Cham however apologized to his supporters for the apparent setback but assured them that such would never happen again. “I believe in one thing and that is, as the choice of the people, you are always a winner and I am 100% sure that I will win this election. Even last time, I won the National Assembly elections because my withdrawal gave the APRC the chance to win,” he stressed.
It could be recalled that barely a month to the 2007 National Assembly elections Modou I. Cham, who was at that time aspiring to contest the elections as an independent candidate for Jeshwang constituency, announced his withdrawal at a press conference chaired by the then Mayor of Kanifing Municipal Council, Mr. Francis Gomez, for reasons he did not make clear at the time.