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Mayor Bensouda’s Victory Speech

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Talib Ahmed Bensouda, Mayor Elect Kanifing Municipal Council.

I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to all the residents of Kanifing that voted for me, all those who supported openly and in the background, all those who contributed in one way or another to this victory.

The power of your vote has manifested in the poll results and it sends a clear message that you are eager for development and a better quality of life. I hear you.

When I look at KM, I see communities that yearn for progress and development. This election result has clearly demonstrated that people have chosen development and hope over division.

This is a victory for the whole Kanifing Municipality.

I have always been and will continue to be a Mayor for all. To those who did not vote for me, be rest assured that I will listen to your constructive criticisms and work harder. I will not leave you behind!

You are the reason why I wake up with full determination everyday to make life better in KM. I assure you of my utmost commitment to honour your votes.

It is together that we will develop our municipality and communities.

I ask Allah to assist me to fulfil my role and duties in a way and manner that will enhance social cohesion, unity and greater development for all.

To my party Leader, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and the entire UDP, thank you for creating the platform and space to allow me run a successful campaign with all the support I needed at all times.

To the leader of GDC, Hon. Mama Kandeh, I say thank you for your open support and leadership on behalf of all Gambians, it means a lot.

To Hon. Musa Yelli Batchilly party leader of GAP, I say thank you for your perseverance and relentless energy to campaign for our shared vision. It is highly appreciated.

To Ebrima Tabora Manneh, your support and willingness to align with my candidacy was appreciated and demonstrated to myself and my team that our agenda was valid.

To Abdoulie Jammeh of NUP, Thank you for the endorsement and support, it is highly appreciated.

To the independant supporters, Lawyer Hassan Martin, MC CHAM, Neneh Freda Gomez, Sainabou Faal and many others. Your support and contribution in this campaign was the fuel that kept our campaign going in previously untreaded ground. You did really well, thank you

Hon, Touma Njie, thank you for your endorsement, it means a lot.

To all the donors, thank you for your contributions particularly during these tough economic times. I value you all a lot.

To my PR team, my data team, my agent teams, coordinators and monitors, you did an amazing job and I am so grateful for the professionalism and all the time invested in making this campaign a success

To my family, you are my backbone, thank you for being there at all times.

To my Cllr’s and Hon Members of Parliament, I couldn’t have done it without you!

To all those who campaigned in their own ways, Gambians here or abroad, you all added some value and it is much appreciated. I need all of you to succeed during this new mandate- We are in this journey together.

Thank you for the vote of confidence in my leadership.

To Bakary Y Badjie (NPP) and Pa Modou Mbowe (IND), thank you for conceding and congratulating me on my victory. It is not an easy task for someone to put their hat in the ring in politics and you deserve recognition for your effort. Congratulations to you!

More than ever, It is time to seriously focus collectively on the common good and put all divisions aside for the national interest.

I take this opportunity to invite all well wishers and supporters to attend the swearing in of the new Council on Saturday, 27th of May by 10am prompt.

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