Ex-president Jammeh breaks silence over NPP/APRC alliance, Dissolves FTJ-led executive, endorses GANU


In a rather dramatic twist of events, former president Yahaya Jammeh has finally broken his long silence over the alliance between his party, APRC and current President Adama Barrow’s NPP, saying his party did not enter into any alliance with NPP.

Speaking on telephone broadcast from his base in Equatorial Guinea to hundreds of his party supporters who gathered at his Kanilai home, Jammeh said he didn’t consent to the Fabakary Tombong Jatta led executive’s decision to form alliance with NPP.

Jammeh immediately dissolved the current executive and named 11 people to replace them while announcing that his party henceforth will form an alliance with his former Attorney General and Justice Minister Sheikh Tijan Hydara, GANU.

“APRC will not go into alliance with any party that has destroyed The Gambia within this past four years and APRC will work with GANU and no other party,” Mr Jammeh said in a telephone conversation broadcast and listened to by thousands of Gambians.
He named Abdou Jarju, Bakaray Saibo Sanneh, Jerrending Sanyang and Pa Modou Mbowe among the new executive members of APRC.

The reported MOU announcement by both NPP and APRC was met with total rejection across many sections of Gambian society with opposition political party leaders, civil society groups and victims unanimously condemning the move in unequivocal terms.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
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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