EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Public Relations Officer of a Fula Association called Tabital Pulaagu Mbo Gambia said only few people are against their move to meet with the President, alleging that those are all affiliated to Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC).
At a press conference in Kololi on Sunday, Alieu Saja Jallow named some of them as Alagie Jallow Jawo – an adviser to GDC, Modou Bah also from GDC responsible for logistics, Alieu Jamanka – a GDC chairman in Banjul, Sara Jawo – a chairman of GDC in Jimara, Alagie Sowe – a national assembly member for GDC, Omar Bah – an organizer to GDC in Badibou area, Sutura Jallow an adviser to both GDC and ‘Tabital Pullaagu” and Abdou Bah, both advisers to the association and GDC.
On Saturday, one of the Association’s advisers Sutura Jallow accused President Adama Barrow of taking a direction that suggests a tribal difference in The Gambia, saying they will decline to honour his invitation for at least 3000 Fulas to a meeting at Statehouse.
But PRO Jallow said Sutura Jallow and Abdou Bah, from Youna village are sympathizers of the GDC party and have even received motor bikes from the party. “The President has not invited us to a meeting. We wrote to the President requesting to meet him. The President has not requested to meet 3000 Fulas as claimed,” he said.
He denied what he called claims by some people that their planned meeting with President Barrow was politically motivated.
He said those against their meeting with the President are mainly members from the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) and hold positions in the party, saying the membership of the association have nothing against their meeting with the President.
During a press conference convened at the Independence stadium on Saturday, Sutura Jallow said Mr Barrow has failed to respond to their invitation for three times in a row to brief him on the outcome of their congress.
“Some time ago, our President Seedy Dem told us that the President said he want to meet the Fulas, and when we asked him why, he said that is because he is a Fula and want to see how he can work with them,” he said.