By Ebrima G. Sankareh, Editor-In-Chief
Unimpeachable sources close to the Central Committee of the People’s Democratic Organization for Independence & Socialism (PDOIS) reveal to The Gambia Echo that in the National Assembly elections slated for April 6, 2017, the party will be putting up candidates in at least 20 constituencies across The Gambia.
This revelation comes in the wake of unprecedented speculations regarding the palpable absence of key opposition figures like Halifa Sallah and Sidia Jatta in Adama Barrow’s coalition government; a government that is still transitioning at a snail’s pace.
Over the past week alone, The Gambia Echo’s mailbag has been saturated with enquiries from curious Gambians wondering why some of the PDOIS officials like Sallah and Jatta are completely absent in the Barrow Cabinet even though Sallah has been credited by the entire world as the pillar that competently managed the Coalition amid Yaya Jammeh’s belligerence that almost plunged The Gambia into chaos.
Well today, we can report without equivocation, that Hon. Halifa Sallah is contesting the National Assembly elections slated for April 6, 2017 and he is PDOIS’ candidate for Serekunda Central. Hon. Sallah is also Secretary General of the PDOIS Central Committee and throughout the impasse, he was the face of the coalition and will surely be remembered for his prolific press conferences and news briefings.
We can also report that his colleague and perennial MP for Wuli East, Hon. Sidia Jatta, is PDOIS’ candidate for that same constituency while Swaibou Touray is contesting the Wuli West constituency seat.
PDOIS’ firebrand and women rights advocate, Mrs. Amie Sillah Sarr is contesting for the Bundung Constituency in the KMC and Ousman Sillah is PDOIS’ candidate for Banjul North constituency.
As went to press, The Echo has gathered but cannot confirm as yet, that one Mbuguma Jeng (younger brother to erstwhile Banjul Lord Mayor, Pa Sallah Jeng) is highly likely to be PDOIS’ candidate for the Banjul Central constituency.
The Gambia Echo will publish the rest of PDOIS’ Parliamentary candidates in the next 12 hours.