The Interim Leader of the former Ruling APRC Party Fabakary Tombong Jatta, has accused MA Bah, a former Army General, who was appointed by dictator Yahya Jammeh to serve as his Deputy, of trying to destabilize the opposition APRC party. Jatta also accuses Bah of using dictator Jammeh’s name to hastily prop up a new Executive over the weekend—knowing that Jammeh has never given his blessings or approval to Bah’s mischievous political machinations. “There is too much talk about MA Bah and his so-called Committee. MA Bah is not a registered member of the APRC. If General Bah, has the APRC’s interest at heart, he wouldn’t have been engaged in divisive politics. What is certain for sure is that the APRC Committee is intact. What they are saying about the former President Yahya Jammeh is a lie. It is not true. It is a lie. I can give you evidences. I can even make arraignment for you to talk to some people,” Mr. Jatta told Star FM radio.
“For the APRC Executive to be removed, it must go through an order and procedures. I, as the interim leader of the Party, I don’t have the powers to dissolve the Executive. That’s not possible. There are set rules and regulations governing the APRC and its Executive. There is a clique of people, with dubious intentions, who are out to destabilize the party. They are doing this for cheap popularity. We can be in the opposition for twenty years. If anyone thinks that he can come in and write bogus stuff just for personal aggrandizement, to mortgage the party, he must be fooling himself,” Jatta added.
Mr. Jatta, speaking for the first time since Mr. Bah’s proclamation of heading the new APRC Executive, said there is no iota of truth in MA Bah’s claims. He accused Bah of instigating a coup against the current legitimate Executive of the APRC. He warned Bah to refrain from his divisive politics or risked facing disciplinary action.
“APRC is intact. We are calling on all APRC party members to remain loyal to the party. But we are also saying that the party still has a constitution and laws governing it; people must behave; ill behavior may lead to some disciplinary action. What is being said is not true. The APRC is not a one man show party; people are consulted,” he said.
MA Bah and his Executive claimed that they had the backing of dictator Yahya Jammeh, who is living in exile in Equatorial Guinea. But Fabakary Tombong Jatta disagrees.
“I just read now.. He (MA) said HE president Jammeh never told him what we are saying. That’s very interesting. Let me, assure MA, that president Jammeh is not with him. No genuine APRC is with him. I am talking between me, and God. If I, and him, were presented before Jammeh, Jammeh will take me. If their so called Executive and that of ours is presented before Jammeh, Jammeh will take ours. If you place me, on any plate, I am heavier. I don’t want to talk about myself; morally I am clean; me, I don’t play double standards. Capacity wise, he cannot challenge me. He is morally bankrupt for me. He is morally bankrupt. I done a lot of things with him. Me, I am content; contentment of mind; and my life is to serve, and to serve honestly. That’s all. I am different from him,” Jatta posited.
“He can come back. He is still where he is, but he cannot continue to destabilize the party; otherwise disciplinary action will be taken against him. The party is governed by laws,” he added.
Mr. Jatta also confirmed that he spoke with Jammeh over the weekend over MA Bah’s proclamation of running a new APRC Executive. Jatta wouldn’t disclose the issues he discussed with Jammeh, but he maintained that Jammeh unequivocally refuted MA Bah’s claims.
“ I said to you people, time to time that I talk to Yahya Jammeh. We talk about a lot of issues. He also talks to other people about a lot of issues. I will not reveal that, but what I can tell you is that some claims were made which he refuted; he said a lot of things. Our position was very clear; that the APRC is a disciplined and cultured party; governed by regulations,” Jatta said.
“The information that is going around is that former president Jammeh has done this on Friday… I am telling you, it is not true. It cannot hold water. He is 100 percent in support of the current Executive. That one, take it from me,” he added.
Mr. Jatta also downplayed Seedy Njie’s statement that he is 100 percent behind president Barrow. Jatta said Seedy is still part of the APRC, and that Seedy’s statement should not be misconstrued as if he has resigned from the APRC. He maintained that Seedy Njie is part and parcel of the APRC and he still retains his Executive position with the APRC.
From: Freedom Newspaper