It seems the advocacy by some few outsiders to persuade the APRC to kick out its founder, ex-President Yahya Jammeh, maybe a dream not to come true anytime soon.
Since Jammeh’s uncolorful sending to Equatorial Guinea, the new leaders of the APRC have been urged to expel Mr. Jammeh, who is sinking in allegations of corruption and financial malpractices.
“We will not shun Jammeh. My conscience and morals will not even allow me to do that,” said opposition leader Fabakary Tombong Jatta.
“Some who are today asking for Jammeh to be expelled are who they are because of the former President [Jammeh]. They are ungrateful and we are not.”
Jammeh had dismissed dozens of senior members of the party accusing them of abusing power, giving false information, corruption and economic crimes.
Jammeh’s former Chief of Staff, Momodou Sabally and senior military aide, Lt. Col. Lamin Gano said the party must distance itself from Jammeh if it wants to win the support of Gambians and reinvent itself.
The former president is accused of committing grave human rights violations and critics of Jammeh called on the government of President Adama Barrow to ban his party as part of the country’s healing process.
Barrow told human rights campaigners that supporters of the ex-regime are part of the country and critical to his reconciliation policy, agreeing with pro-democracy activists that banning the party will be an affront to the nation’s newfound democracy.