This development came after a statement released by the party, indicating that the National Executive Committee of NUP under the stewardship of National Chairperson Ousman Jammeh, former minister of Foreign Affairs and Gambians Abroad and onetime secretary general and head of the Civil Service, Office of the President announced the appointment of Abdoulie Ebrima Jammeh as NUP’s secretary general and standardbearer with effect from 23rd August 2021.
“Consequently, and in accordance with the party’s organs, Mr Abdoulie Ebrima Jammeh shall be the NUP’s Presidential candidate for the 4th December 2021 Presidential election. This development came about following a vigorous and thorough search for a competent and passionate Presidential candidate in recent months,” the statement added.
Mr. Jammeh was the director general of The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for over nine years with an unblemished 35 years of distinguished public service career with an inspirational reputation for excellence in leadership and administration.
The party further stated that a cardinal philosophy of the party’s founders was to build a people’s movement with a shared vision and interest in national development to create a merit-based government.
“To set the standards, a resolution was adopted at inception that none of the founders shall vie for the positions of Party Chairpersonship or Presidential candidacy. This philosophy of the party projects and portrays that the true membership of the body rests entirely on the collective entity of its bona fide members and not on any one individual. The NUP governance framework will be guided by democratic values and principles which will be vigorously upheld and practiced both at the organisational level of the party and supported and sustained at the national level of government,” the released added.
The party said the two-term limit is an upheld value of the NUP, while adding that the standardbearer of the party will serve for no more than two consecutive terms both at the helm of the party and as a president of The Gambia when elected.