It is the man who, on November 30, 2010, snatched from the hands of the spokesman of the Electoral Commission the sheet of partial results giving victory to Alassane Ouattara. But, on this Thursday, August 4, it is a calm and measured man who receives in his villa in Feh Kessé, near Bingerville. Damana Adia Médard, known as Damana Pickass, has lived there with her family since her return from exile in Ghana on April 30. It’s barely 11 a.m., but her waiting room is already full.
This close friend of Laurent Gbagbo is a heavyweight of the new party created by the ex-president, the African Peoples’ Party-Côte d’Ivoire (PPA-CI), whose constituent congress took place with great fanfare on October 17, 2021. , some months after the return of the former head of state. It is to this 50-year-old, once booming, that Gbagbo decided to entrust the general secretariat of his party, “a mark of confidence for those who are among the best formed ideologically”, recognizes a member of Laurent Gbagbo’s entourage. If Pickass is considered, despite his 52 years, as a central figure of the “young guard” of the party, his activism and his political commitment alongside Gbagbo date back more than 30 years.