Former Tumana MP Netty Baldeh has joined the main opposition United Democratic party (UDP), the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr. Baldeh, has been APRC MP for so many years. He is reported to have joined the UDP.

The UDP forms the majority in the National Assembly. The party’s leader is Ousainou Darboe, a Gambian lawyer, once jailed by the former dictator Yahya Jammeh. He regained his freedom in the aftermath of Jammeh’s deposing from power in the past elections.

According to sources familiar with the story, Netty Baldeh, has met with Ousainou Darboe, on numerous occasions to express his interest in joining the UDP. Mr. Baldeh is an influential politician in the Tumana region and its surrounding settlements.

Mr. Baldeh’s request to join the UDP, has been accepted by the party. It is a question of when he will formally announce his defection from the APRC to the UDP, but is no more with the APRC, said a source close to Mr. Baldeh.  

Netty Baldeh could not be reached on the phone when contacted for comment.

In another development, another APRC bigwig is reported to be in talks with the UDP leadership. The APRC official also wants to defect to the UDP, our source said.

Written By A Staff Reporter

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