President Adama Barrow has invited all District chiefs in the country to the State House for a meeting, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. The meeting has been scheduled for Saturday. Sources have it that the upcoming weekend meeting is stage-managed. That Barrow wants to solicit the support of the regional leaders, as he is not certain about his long-term future political relationship with the UDP.
“Barrow has invited all chiefs in the country to the State House. He is meeting them on Saturday. He is trying to get them on his side. He is following Jammeh’s playbook. He wants Chiefs to support him if he decides to form a political party,” said our source.
Mr. Barrow was elected into office in December of 2016. He campaigned on a three-year transition period. He also told electorate that he was not going avail himself to future elections at the end of the three-year transition. But he has since changed his mind. He said he was elected to govern for a five-year mandate, per the 1997 constitution.
“Barrow is going about this the wrong way. I think he should concentrate on delivering his campaign promises and may be some would say give him a second chance. The reason Jammeh won the 1996 elections was because he did a lot in the preceding two years. Majority of Gambians felt that he should be given a chance,” our source added.