Hon. Mai Ahamad Fatty addressing the press at a news conference earlier today.

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.”

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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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