The incumbent president of the Gambia Football Federation (GFF), Lamin Kaba Bajo, has refused to take part in the first-ever GFF presidential debate organized by the Political Debates Commission (CPD).
However, the committee said the debate would continue as scheduled on August 13, 2022.
“The Kaba 2022 team, in a letter responding to the CPD’s invitation to participate in the aforementioned debate, said it had already planned a series of campaign activities which do not include or encourage public debate or confrontation between them and other stakeholders,” the Commission said. on Political Debates (CPD) in a statement.
According to the CPD, they remain optimistic that Mr Bajo and his team will reconsider their position to participate in this much anticipated and very important policy dialogue which will forever shape Gambian football and GFF policy.
“In the meantime, the CPD assures the general public that the GFF Presidential Debate due to take place on 13 August 2022 at Kairaba Beach Hotel, will still continue at 8:30 p.m. GMT.”
The commission added that important stakeholders like the Gambian government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, FIFA, CAF, GFF and the seventy-seven (77) voting delegates have all been made aware of this. great debate and were all invited to honor the event. .
“The candidate who has confirmed their participation will debate live on the following thematic areas: normalization of the league, growth of women’s football and regional football plans, financial stability, independence and FIFA funds. Commitment and management of former players, good governance and transparency and football pitches, infrastructure, project management.
The CPD, however, seeks to remind the general public as well as candidates that political dialogues are cohesive and a form of campaigning for any candidate aspiring to any contested position, as candidates can speak directly to voters about their manifestos of a better and more efficient way. – coordinated way.
“Furthermore, the CPD is joining forces with all the country’s TV channels, print media and radio stations to bring the debate to Gambians live from Jaama Hal.”