Convention Party (NCP) has slated December 16 as its national congress to be
held at the B.O. Semega Janneh hall in Latrikunda-Sabiji at 9 am.
At the congress, one of the country’s leading opposition party will select new national executive to steer the affairs of the party. The congress will also help the party to prepare well for the next general election.
The party was established on 7 September 1975 by Sheriff Mustapha Dibba, a one-time vice-president during Gambia’s first republic and Speaker of the National Assembly during the second republic. It was one of the main and functioning opposition party between 1975 to 1994.
Mr. Dibba originally founded and launched NCP at Busumbala just two weeks after his expulsion from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) which was led by the country’s first president Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara.
The party initially welcomed the 1994 coup of former president Yahya Jammeh but was banned from participating in elections, in August 1994. Prior to the 1992 elections, the party faced series of setbacks as many of its leaders re-joined the PPP.
Sheriff Dibba contested as the party’s candidate in the 18 October 2001 presidential pools and came fourth garnering 3.77% of the popular vote. The party lost all the seats in January 2002 legislative elections.
When the party was formed, former president Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara predicted that it would not last more than three months.
NCP was part of the 2016 presidential election which brought current president Adama Barrow into power.