NRP to merge with NPP for Gambia’s 2021 presidential elections

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- The party leader of Gambia’s National Reconciliation Party (NRP) said his party is committed to negotiating with the NPP leadership for the complete merger of the two parties in the future.

Hamat NK Bah, who was speaking at the NRP’s congress in N’ Geyen Sanjal, NBR, said his party’s support for Adama Barrow is unshakable.

“I therefore call on all the supporters of NRP throughout the country to remain firm and solid behind the candidature of Adama Barrow come 4th December, 2021,” Bah who has been a presidential candidate in 1996, 2001 and 2011 said.

“We want to strengthen democracy, the politics of Adama Barrow, politics of development in this country to make sure Gambians are pulled out of this evil poverty.

“By doing so, we will strengthen this government. We will stand firm in promoting democracy and good governance in this country.”

Hamat Bah, who is also the Minister of Tourism and Culture, said: “We know Adama Barrow is a Democrat and believe that he can move this country’s development forward.”

“When UDP was abandoned in 2006, we were there for them and we stood for them,” he said, referring to NRP’s withdrawal from NADD early in 2006 and endorsed UDP’s Ousainou Darboe in the 2006 presidential election.

The good gesture according to Bah, was rewarded in 2011, when he was elected leader of a new opposition alliance, the United Front that comprises PDOIS, NADD and GPDP.

The National People’s Party (NPP) is a political party founded in 2019 by President Adama Barrow, and is expected to lead the party in the 2021 presidential elections.

Observers say the move by NRP could put the future of the party in jeopardy.

NRP might be the first party to publicly declare its support for NPP but certainly will not be the last, as other parties especially those in Barow’s government are expected to make similar move in the future.

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