The sacked minister from President Adama Barrow’s cabinet said he will strongly support the country’s leader despite a recent fall out that has seen him ousted from the government.
Mai Ahmad Fatty at a rally in Jamisa, a neighborhood in the administrative city of Brikama, where supporters united last week to show support for the politician.
“I am solidly behind the Coalition Government and in support of inclusive participatory politics. I am honored to grace a GMC community event this evening. Together, we shall build a Nation of our dreams,” said Fatty.
Fatty was a strongman in Barrow’s cabinet, whom government supporters credited for putting an end to post-electoral skirmishes that were brewing in the southwestern region of Foni.
He took personal credit for the voluntary return of over 1,400 Gambians from harm’s way in Libya after a video surfaced showing migrants apparently being sold at auctions in Libya.
The government remains mute over his sacking but Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe dismissed reports that the former trusted advisor to President Barrow was caught in a web of corruption.
President Adama Barrow spokesperson, Amie Bojang-Sissoho said Fatty was ousted in the best interest of the country but remains in a key coalition partner.
Fatty’s GMC party is among the seven opposition groups that backed Barrow to defeat Jammeh in the elections. He became then President-Elect Adama Barrow’s senior advisor during the political standoff that saw West African troops pushing Jammeh out of the country.