Pa Malick Ceesay, a former National Assembly Member for Lower Saloum dismissed from the APRC party has joined Hamat Bah’s NRP.
Ceesay has made public his intentions to seek a legislative office under the NRP ticket in the region. NRP, however, has a parliamentarian, who won a by-election after Ceesay’s ouster some two years ago.
Gambian authorities had accused Ceesay of economic crimes, charges he say are politically motivated. He was part of the parliamentary oversight body on public accounts.
The APRC leader, Yahya Jammeh was defeated in last year’s elections and forced to live in exile in Equatorial Guinea.
The APRC is putting up candidates in all 51 constituencies after lawmakers in Banjul amended the electoral regulations to reduce the nomination fees for those seeking to become parliamentarians.
The NRP is a popular party in Lower Saloum. The party’s last convention was held there in 2016 before they joined the coalition that won the presidential polls.
Its leader, Hamat Bah is currenly the Minister of Tourism and Culture.