Jammeh’s rejection of NPP/APRC Alliance is good news for President Barrow
By Muhammed W. Touray
When Alagie Kijera, The Netherlands-based former president of Barrow Fans Club rejected the NPP/APRC alliance on moral grounds and left NPP in protest, he was subjected to nasty character assassinations by some NPP militants. Apparently, no everyone within President Barrow’s camp support NPP’s alliance with APRC but are afraid to speak for fear of reprisals.
The maltreatment of Alagie Kijera for openly expressing his rejection of the unholy NPP/APRC alliance made many supporters of President Adama Barrow silent and fly along as the promoters the NPP/APRC alliance dominated the agenda. Their monopolization of the agenda denied President Barrow the opportunity to hear divergent views withinhis followership.
Many within the NPP/PPP/GPDP/NCP/NRP/Dr. Isatou Touray camps are pretending that they welcome their former APRC tormentors insidethe Adama Barrow bus but within them they are silently burning with fear, distrust and intimidation.
The fact stands that President Barrow has been deceived into an unreliable alliance with the “yirifasoto” APRC party.
The reality is that President Barrow can win the December 4th 2021presidential elections without wasting resources on APRC or any other alliance. The failure of his trusted advisers and delegates to harness the advantages of incumbency, read public mood and effectively promote President Barrow’s achievements and personality, resulted in the current embarrassments.
In one of his public speeches President Barrow was misled into believing that the whole country was happy about the NPP/APRC alliance. However, the UTG CepRass pre-election survey proved this to be wrong. APRC as is party is struggling within an insignificant three (3) percent in the public favour. If at all the NPP/APRC alliance was welcomed by prospective voters, the huge number of undecided voters forty (40) percent would have moved to APRC or NPP.
Additionally, the Fabakary Tombong Jatta-led faction of APRC has nopower or capacity to bring 200,000 voters to President Barrow. They cannot force their followers to vote for NPP. As President Barrow once hinted: political party leaders and executives might own their parties but they don’t own their party members and their votes. Individually, the few respective APRC executive can vote for whoever they want but they should not fool President Barrow that they can make the majority of APRC vote for Barrow.
Yahya Jammeh’s rejection of the NPP/APRC alliance is a good news and coded wake up message from President Barrow in the following ways:
Lastly, President Barrow should focus his energy and resources on promoting his achievements, his personality, the power of incumbency and a clean legacy rather than wasting time in trying to promote and be seen as forcing APRC and other recycled deadwoods on Gambianvoters through the backdoor of his bus.
Gambians will vote for Barrow largely out of his personality and the fact that he is a victim of political exploitation. Barrow was honest in 2017 by making it known that he had no previous experience in Government. He relied on a team that manipulated him to their advantages. His exemplary reliance on UDP for key decisions between 2017 and 2019 has affected the state of our transition. Now it is public knowledge that APRC was sold Barrow by folks he trusted in making “wise” political decisions. Instead of doing thorough research into the public perception of APRC and the second republic, they presentedJammeh and APRC as key to Barrow’s re-election. They have been proven wrong by the UTG CepRass survey, the spilt in APRC and former President Jammeh’s rejection of the NPP APRC alliance. Thesedevelopments are signals for a re-think in strategy by NPP. Put all your eggs in the basket of APRC at your own loss.
Barrow’s NPP Executive should stop their cowardice, in-fighting, pettiness and rivalries over personal issues and show sincerity in promoting President Barrow decently. The political reality is that President Barrow can win on the 4th December 2021 without APRC. He needs to just convince the huge chuck of undecided voters (forty percent) that he is the best alternative. More so national reconciliationwithout justice will not heal our nation.
There is no justification for baby-sitting those who messed up The Gambia during the presidencies of Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara and Yayha Jammeh. We are in 21st Century Gambia and President Barrow needs to understand that we cannot depend on analogue politicians who have no solutions to the aspirations of Gambians in the digital age. The old wines in new bottles would only be interested in parasitic self-preservation at the expense of taxpayers.
I am no supporter of Yahya Jammeh. I am 100 percent pro Adama Barrow. Just that Yahya Jammeh’s rejection of NPP/APRC alliance has indirectly serve as a relief to most of us within the NPP who are not comfortable with the blunder of associating with deadwood APRC. It was impossible to give President Barrow alternative views as access to him is monopolized by those who put their personal interest first and suffocated mature debate culture inside NPP. It is unfortunate that we have wait for someone like Yahya Jammeh to speak first so that we can discuss the deceptions that are forced on President Barrow by elements with ulterior motives.
The fact that some NPP women and their followers take each other to the police and spend valuable time talking about sexual adventures shows that serious debate on strategic politics within the NPP is suppressed. If you disagree with those who have access to President Barrow, you become undesirable. The option is to keep quite or join the gossips about people’s private lives.
Muhammed W. Touray