By: Yankuba Manneh

A prominent member of former President Yahya Jammeh’s newly instituted APRC Executive appointed after the sacking of the FTJ-led administration, Jerending Sanyang said his recent police arrest does not scare him but is rather emboldening on the pathway to stripping Fabakary Tombong Jatta and his co-executive APRC that went into a coalition with President Barrow’s NPP.

Jerending made these remarks yesterday at his house in Lamin after he was released on bail with three charges leveled against.

He also explained that FTJ and his circle of executive members were dismissed by ex-President Jammeh at a Kanilai rally which now makes it illegal for them to use APRC party identity or even contest under its banner.

Sanyang however stressed that his nab earned him more fame and admiration instead.

“Look! They (police) do not even know that they making me a favour. The arrest is making me famous and popular now. So many well-wishers including lawyers called me immediately after my release showing solidarity with me,” Mr. Sanyang emphatically explained.

The audacious-sounding Jerrending further went on to outline processes the APRC ‘No Alliance Movement’ is currently undertaking to legitimately reclaim the party from FTJ and his colleagues, saying their acts are in tandem with the law and APRC’s constitution.

Asked what message he has for his group’s sympathizers amidst this difficulty, Mr. Sanyang entreated all those who believe in Jammeh and his chosen executive members to exercise restraint and act within the ambit of the law and not otherwise.

He also assured party stalwarts that they are steadily working with their lawyers to get rid of FTJ and co whilst disclosing that Jammeh already tendered a letter to IEC which delegitimizes the FTJ-led administration, conferring legitimacy to his group.

“Did Fabakary and his team tell you that Jammeh has submitted a letter of dissolution to IEC and replaced them with us? They will not do so, because they aren’t truthful. But be rest assured that the outcome of that letter will be in our favour. We are optimistic of that,” he told The Alkamba Times.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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