Regional governors who aligned themselves with former President Yahya Jammeh have suddenly switched allegiance and urged local government authorities to support the country’s new President Adama Barrow.
Governor of West Coast Aminata Sifai Hydara and Central River Governor Omar Khan were the first to call on their councilors and area council leaders to support the coalition government, pending what seems to be their apparent firing.
The governors were not alone in their quest to keep their jobs amid the overhaul of the government.
The Paramount Chief Alhagie Demba Sanyang, chiefs of Foni Bondali, Foni Bintang Karanai, Foni Kansala, Foni Berefe, Janjangbureh, Kombo Central and Niani also pledged to work with and support the Barrow administration.
Barrow had lost all of Foni to Jammeh and did not campaign in the region.
The governors and local chiefs are urging their citizens to put their political difference aside and reminded Mr. Barrow that he could rely on their ‘unflinching support.’
Reports have emerged on Friday, however, that President Adama Barrow has fired all the regional governors, a move that is not surprising after the ouster of erstwhile President Yahya Jammeh, whom the governors supported during his 22-year brutal rule of The Gambia.