By Adama Tine
The Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) on Saturday during a press conference held at Coco Ocean Hotel confirmed signing an alliance with the National People’s Party (NPP) of President Adama Barrow.
Speaking to the media and party sympathizers of both NPP and APRC the interim party leader Fabakary Tombomg Jatta said: “On Thursday 2 September 2021 we confirmed our alliance with the National People’s Party but only two members did not agree”.
According to Jatta, there were a series of discussions as to which party to form alliance with; with some executive members suggesting the United Democratic Party (UDP) and Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), amongst others, but they finally agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the National People’s Party to form a coalition in the 4th December presidential election.
Jatta said they acted in the supreme interest of the Gambian people and the country. He said following their nationwide tour, their National Executive Committee organized review meetings from Kanifing Municipality to Jarra in the Lower River Region and were amazed by the enthusiasm of their members upon receiving the message.
He disclosed that all APRC party lovers as well as sympathizers and NPP will vote for President Adama Barrow.
Jatta revealed that the agreements in the Memorandum of Understanding included among other things the return of former president Yahya Jammeh to live peacefully in the Gambia, APRC be fully part of the government to be formed by the coalition, APRC to hold ministerial positions, and participate effectively in the government.
Commenting on the decision of the lead counsel of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) Essa Mbaye Faal to contest as a presidential candidate, Jatta accused him of using the commission to build his political base, noting that even if Essa Faal was interested in politics he should have waited till the report was finalized.
He added: “who knows what is in the report that made Essa Faal to vie for the presidency when the report is not yet submitted?”.