I am disappointed, says Essa Faal as he files Nominations Credential


The Leader of the turnaround/Sobeyaa movement,  Essa Mabye  Faal has expressed his total disappointment with way and manner he and his team are being treated by the incumbent President Adama Barrow’s NPP after he claimed before journalists that his campaign is being politically sabotaged.

Faal, a lawyer turned politician is the latest presidential hopeful to appear before the Independent Electoral Commission to submit his credentials for consideration.

“Its a historic day. The young men and women are speaking loudly and they want change. Everywhere around the country people are chanting  about their distrust of this government, dissatisfied about the terrible state of this country. This why I am standing here today for those people chanting for change,’ Faal told Journalists shortly after submitting his credentials.

Mr Faal said the democratic dispensation in the Gambia has been shackled by an unpopular NPP government.

“We will trim you down come December 4,’ the former TRRC Leader Counsel said apparently referring to President Barrow’s NPP.

According to Faal,   December 4 will be the beginning of a new dawn for the Gambia.
“You think you spoiled our nomination but you have strengthened our determination to take back this country,” Essa said adding that his team knew all along that the government will sabotage their campaign.

We knew they have been sabotaging our campaign. We beat them all over the Gambia. We had contracted the Gambian Transport Union, we ordered 200 buses and 53 mini vans. They doubled the money so that the drivers will not ferry our supporters to the nomination ground, Faal alleges.

He promised to make public his assets after declaring them.

“I will make it public,’ he told Journalists adding that: ‘I want make this country to be a safe place for investment.’

Born in Banjul on 13th March 1966, the International legal luminary was the lead council at the country’s truth commission and has extensive knowledge and experience in international criminal law and international human rights processes.

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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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