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The deputy spokesperson of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction has disclosed that President Barrow’s National People’s Party is pushing to get his party into a coalition before the 2021 presidential election, but there is no possible feedback from the agreement as of now.
“I can confirm to you that we are discussing with the NPP and three other political parties – but we have not reached an agreement with anyone of them just yet. But any agreement we are going into will be in the interest of the Gambian people,” Dodou Jah told The Standard.
Speaking singly on the talks with the NPP, Jah was quick to acknowledge that the former ruling party “will not go into any agreement with NPP unless President Adama Barrow fulfils the constitutional guarantee of giving Yahya Jammeh his dues as an ex-president and return all seized APRC assets.”
“I don’t know about other political parties but for NPP, we will not go into any agreement with them if they fail to give Jammeh his rights as a former head of state. That cannot be comprised. We are not going to have an agreement with somebody who doesn’t respect the law,” he said.
He said for any coalition between the APRC and the NPP, the government will have to implement the joint agreement between AU, UN and Ecowas before Jammeh left for exile.
“It is also our belief that the Barrow administration should reconsider their implementation of the Janneh Commission recommendations. It is illegal and should not be tolerated in a democracy,” he added.
Meanwhile the APRC Member for Foni Berefet, Sankung Jammeh also told The Standard in an exclusive interview that a coalition with NPP is a possibility if President Barrow accedes to the demand for the unconditional return of ex-president Jammeh.
He further added that the coming home of the exiled former president Jammeh was the top item on the agenda when the party’s interim leader, Fabakary Tombong Jatta, and other party officials met President Barrow at the presidency sometime last year.
According to Sheriff Kijera, chairman of the Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations, even after three years since the end of the Jammeh dictatorial regime, The Gambia’s refine strategies continue to be “hijacked” by the former president’s assistants who continue holding key public institutions.
“I think the government should do more to address such issues. Institutional reforms haven’t been quite meteoric as it is supposed to be because our country is being hijacked by these people who have a lot of influence in the government,” Mr Kijera told The Standard.
Mr Kijera went on to condemn the frequently reprocessing of many who worked directly under Jammeh, either in his cabinet and in other public institutions as leaders, saying this action by the president is an insult to the 2016 revolution, which is causing “distress” to victims of Jammeh.
“It is about time that these issues are addressed. It is embarrassing to be recycling Jammeh enablers. But I think the fact remains that the government is not steering the affairs of this country as it is supposed to be,” he lamented.
Mr Kijera further marked out that corruption is also an issue that needs to be checked into and addressed by the government. “I don’t know what is the obsession,” why Adama Barrow is so obsessed with such enablers,” he said.
The leader of the opposition Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction has forewarn that the preceding ruling party will be left with no other alternative but to take the government to court if they act up in their final attempt to get back the party and preceding President Yahya Jammeh’s seized assets.
“We are preparing a petition to government, UN, Ecowas, EU, AU, embassies, human rights commission and all the relevant institutions as our final attempt to regain our assets. We will demand that they push government to react to this situation or else we will be forced to take legal actions,” Fabakary Tombong Jatta told The Standard.
He said the final petition, which will contain all the party’s claims and demands will also be shared with the Gambia Press Union for onward delivery to all the country’s media houses for the purposes of transparency and accountability.
“We have had plans to resort to court for a long time but you know court fees are so expensive and sometimes it becomes a challenge for the weak to have justice even if you are right. However, if our final attempt fails to attract government’s attention, we will be left with no option but to take them to court. We want to give our courts a trial but if we don’t have justice, we will go to the Ecowas court to seek justice,” he said.
The former majority leader said he is unable to understand how the Barrow government could within the bound of 3 months give brand new pickups to each political leader in the Coalition and donate 57 more to the National Assembly and still claims that the APRC government that ruled for 22years could not justly provide just 5 pick-ups.
“I think it is too much. As I said we are making our last attempt about that. We will demand that they tell Gambians who they sold the party and Jammeh’s properties to and how much they were sold because there are rumours that some of Jammeh’s vehicles and bulls were sold to former and current ministers and senior government officials at giveaway prices. That’s the height of dishonesty one could expect from a government,” he said.
Source____ Standard Newspaper