By: Foday Manneh
The opposition Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) party has announced the expulsion of its Public Relations Officer, Abdoulie Jallow, immediately from the party.
The expulsion came following his late withdrawal from the chairmanship contest for the Kerewan Area Council, North Bank Region, in the just-ended mayoral and regional elections.
According to sources, Mr. Jallow’s pull-out from the council race seven days before elections was allegedly motivated by inducement he received from the ruling National People’s Party (NPP), who were vigorously contesting to retain the seat in the same region.
“The Central Executive Committee of the GDC has noticed with regret surrounding the withdrawal of your candidature in the Chairperson Election for Kerewan Area Council in the May 20th Election without consultation of the party’s local structure, Central Committee, and the leadership,” The party said in a statement late Wednesday evening.
“Your recent action has failed the party in this regard, and we were left with no choice for your replacement to contest for the Kerewan Area Council seat. This is considered to be a betrayal of trust and confidence on your part.
“As a result of the above, the Central Executive Committee and its leadership are left with no other option but to finally expel you from the party with immediate effect,” GDC announced.
While they recognize Mr. Jallow’s efforts and wish him the best of luck, the party also noted that his actions were not in line with the aims and objectives of the party, as article 7 (7.3) (i) of their constitution clearly states that, “every eligible member must strive to promote the values, aims and objective of the party.