S.K. Njie, the last minister to have served former President Yaya Jammeh
Saturday rebuffed claims of the former ruling Alliance for Patriotic
Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) having new leadership.
Mr. Njie was responding to the claims in an interview with The Point as reports emerged on social media that the party’s leader Fabakary Tombong Jatta has retired and Gen. Momodou Alie Bah; former President Jammeh’s one-time Interior minister was appointed as the new head of the party.
Mr. Njie who until recently threw his 100% support to President Adama Barrow has been a key figure of the APRC party, said those stories are untrue. “The leader of the APRC party is Fabakary Tombong Jatta and the executive of the APRC is headed by Fabakary Tombong Jatta,” he said.
He said when one follow the Independent Electoral Commission as per updated officials of APRC March 2017, Fabakary Tombong Jatta is the leader, Netty Baldeh is the secretary general, Bakary Jaiteh is the administrative secretary, Seedy S.K. Njie is the spokesperson and press secretary, Yankuba Colley, the national mobilizer general and Sainey Mbaye, an executive member. He said those are the officials in charge of the party.
A strong advocate of APRC, Njie said unless there is congress no one can claim to be the leader.
“As it is, unless congress, officers or officials can only be changed or expelled or disciplined by Fabakary Tombong Jatta as per the APRC Constitution,” he said, adding that to change the party’s leadership, there must be a congress. “Congress has not been held; no emergency meeting held and someone cannot just wake up and go to the social media and said Fabakary has retired; that is an insult to the APRC people.”
Squeezed to clarify the statement he made in a local newspaper about his 100% support to Barrow, Mr. Njie said: “I am going to give an interview to all media houses to hear all that people need to know.”
Seedy Njie has been arguably one of Jammeh’s most loyal supporters over the past few years especially during the political impasse as he stood by the former leader when everyone else seemed to withdraw their support to the former president.
Impeccable sources have informed this paper that Gen. M.A. Bah was to be leader of the party but as of today Fabakary is still the leader of APRC.
There are strong rumours of Seedy Njie’s intentions to cross-carpet and rally behind President Barrow, whether true or not, the APRC party faces serious internal disunity, and for the part to have greater chances in future election, it must put its house in order.