Presidential aspirant Mai Ahmad Fatty, the leader of The Gambia Moral Congress (GMC), has vowed to maintain his political party’s independence.
“We made our decision as GMC, for country. As stated publicly, GMC does not, and will not rely on any other political grouping for its relevance, survival or continuity.”
Mai Fatty’s declaration comes as the high court on Banjul gave a ruling Friday declaring his disqualification by the IEC as wrongful.
It would be recalled that the GMC leader was one of 15 politicians who were disqualified by the national electoral commission.
They had submitted their nomination papers to contest as candidates in the December 4 presidential election.
After the IEC rejected their nomination bid and declared them illegible, many of the aspirants went into an alliance with one of the six approved presidential candidates.
Speaking at a news conference soon after the court judgment, Fatty continued: “In making partisan political decisions, GMC looks at GMC, and only GMC. We are in this in the national interest, and for the long haul.
“As GMC, we made our decision as an independent, sovereign political entity, in what we believe to be in the national interest, as well as in the interest of the growth, development and viability of our party.
He went on: “GMC has always respected the subjective decision of others, and our party’s decision should also be respected.
“By Allah’s Grace, I will contest as a candidate for president under the auspices of GMC at next month’s presidential elections.”