The news of President Barrow’s National People’s Party (NPP) forming an alliance with dictator Yahya Jammeh’s APRC party, hasn’t went down well with The Gambian community living in the diaspora, Freedom Newspaper can report. As soon as the Standard Newspaper lead story hits the newsstand, supporters of Ousainou Darboe’s United Democratic Party (UDP) raised the alarm bell—by accusing Barrow of conspiring with a party, whose leader Yahya Jammeh, had rendered many Gambian families fatherless, widows, exiled and hundred others killed in torture chambers. They claimed that Barrow would do anything to seek for reelection even at the expense of throwing away the case of Jammeh’s victims in the dustbin.
Other diaspora activists had also joined the fray, by accusing Barrow of mortgaging the well fought Gambian liberation struggle to ouster Jammeh from power through democratic means. They contend that Barrow’s actions are recipe for instability, and everything should be done to vote him out come the 2021 elections.
This followed an interview the APRC spokesman Dodou Jah granted to the paper. But the APRC said Jah has been misrepresented by the Standard.
As the story went viral, the Jammeh supporters were quick to debunk the Standard publication, describing it as a fake news. The APRC has denied making any talks with Barrow’s NPP for a possible merger to be formed between the two parties. This is not the first time that the APRC had debunked such press reports.