NPP, PPP to form possible 2021 coalition

Jan 18, 2021, 10:48 AM | Article By: Pa Modou Cham

The interim party leader and the secretary general of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Kebba Jallow, on Saturday confirmed to this medium that the PPP will not compete in this year’s presidential elections, instead will support President Adama Barrow’s agenda and there is high rate of possibility to ally with the National People’s Party (NPP).

He made this pronouncement in an interview held at Brikama Ba town during the PPP regional congress in the Central River Region.

“Since 2016, PPP has been in a strong coalition and very instrumental to make the coalition stay strong. PPP still has a minister in the government, who is James Gomez, and just recently President Barrow appointed Papa Njie as ambassador to Nigeria. By next month, the congress will decide whom to back but there is no reason why we should leave the coalition. I can guarantee you that the PPP will continue to work with President Barrow until 2021.”

The politician said the regional congress is one of the mandates of the party because it is embedded in the constitution that each region should have a bi-annual conference to elect new leadership. He added that this would culminate in the election of the entire party secretariat.

The former Agric Minister Omar Jallow, known as O.J., said the PPP is a non tribal and religious party, but a party that looks and cares for good citizenship.

O.J. said that leadership is based on good character.

Duta Kamasu, member of the PPP executive, described the CRR congress as democratic and spirit of togetherness. She said the PPP is working hard and tirelessly to move the party forward. Madam Kamasu is optimistic that the party will regain its presidential position in the future.

Commenting on rumours about whether Papa Njie left PPP for NPP, she said: “Not to my knowledge but I know he was appointed as ambassador to Nigeria and he is still part of the executive committee of PPP. Papa cannot be an ambassador in Nigeria and the same time a party leader.”