OJ Denies Bad Blood with Jawara, Demands Jammeh to Declare Source of Wealth
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The current standard bearer of the deposed PPP has dismissed as unfounded claims that his relationship with Dawda K. Jawara, the retired PPP leader is strained.
Omar Jallow, alias O.J, has however admitted that he had raised certain queries with Jawara, but failed to specify.
“Yes, and he understands me as his leader. I have all rights to ask him,” he told Teranga FM in an interview, two days before the closure of that radio.
OJ has been a staunch PPP militant almost all his life. He had been a parliamentarian and a minister at the time of the 1994 coup that abruptly ended The Gambia’s founding president, Jawara’s 30-year rule.
He became the party’s leader in the wake of Jawara’s resignation, following the latter’s return from exile.
Recent reports however emerged that the two were not in good terms, as OJ was unhappy with Jawara’s hobnobbing with President Jammeh, but OJ denied this as false.
He said: “I was in Brikama at his [Jawara’s] niece’s funeral. I was the one he delegated to speak on behalf of the family. I have respect for Jawara because he is tolerant.
“Whoever said that [we are not in good terms] is a liar. Jawara is hearing me and those who came to the funeral saw me with him. We were talking and I was given the chance to speak on behalf of the family. And I was the one who took him to his vehicle. I respect him for his tolerance and respect for human rights. The problem of Gambians is that a leader should not be questioned.”
Throughout Jammeh’s rule, one of the questions that remains topical, yet unanswered has been President Jammeh’s seeming unlimited material wealth.
And O.J, a former minister, who was accused of corruption, and one of his two compounds seized, could not understand how Jammeh quickly amassed so much wealth.
“During our time, Jawara had no millions to give out. He resigned as director of livestock services, and became president for 30 years, but did not have a million.
“Now, this [Jammeh] is someone who said he had come to promote transparency and accountability. I am asking him to come out and tell Gambians where he got his wealth. We know how much money he is paid. We know he cannot do what he is doing from his salary alone. To avoid allegations, let President Jammeh come out and tell Gambians where he got his wealth.
He continued: “They also said the PPP had a flamboyant lifestyle. At the time, our cars cost only D180, 000. But look at the type of vehicles they drive in - these vehicles are Hummer, Rolls Royce - each of which cost at least US$250,000. Each of their vehicles can buy twice our own fleet of cars.”