I Have Congratulated President Barrow for His Election Victory” Says Essa Faal


By:Mafugi Ceesay

Independent Presidential candidate, Essa Mbaye Faal has told a press at his Kerr Sering residence that he has accepted the outcome of the elections and has already called and congratulated President Adama Barrow for his victory.

Mr Faal said he discussed other pressing issues with the president.

According to Faal he among others sold their agenda to the Gambian public and it’s the same people chose Adama Barrow over them, so who is he “to question that”.
Former Truth Commission lead Counsel said the peace and stability of the country cannot be compromised by any means, noting that he and his team have no intention to compromise the peace and security of the country.

“We rejected the results at first after consulting with Mamma Kandeh, GDC leader, and Ousainu Darboe UDP leader because we were with the believe that there may be irregularities but going back home and getting updates from both domestic and international observers that the election was free and fair alongside consultations as well as evidence in our possession, we concluded that there is no need to challenge the credibility by going to court, we accept the results and move on.”

He said he and Mamma Kandeh  went to Ousainu Darboe and that was what he thought was right at that moment as respect for elders dictates.

He noted that before taking a u-turn to accept the results, he consulted both Kandeh and Darboe about his new decision, saying “it will be arrogant on his side to tell the duo what to do but beliefs they also have the country at heart and have no intention to place the country in jeopardy.

Faal said he hopes to create his political party, saying “running as an independent candidate is expensive”.

Fall concluded, “I am apologising to all Gambians whom our action may have hurt or otherwise, our intention was not to hurt anyone in anyway but if we have, we are deeply sorry.”

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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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