After being beaten to the name of his long-planned political party, the All People’s Party, Omar Beyai has now announced he will still register a party but it will now be called the Gambia People’s Party, GPP.
“We want to take this opportunity to inform the general public that after consulting the general membership, we have decided to come up with a party to be called the GPP as the new name for the party,” Beyai said in a press release shared with The Standard.
“We urge our supporters to remain committed to the cause as we prepare the ground to formally register the GPP,” he added.
Mr Beyai was beaten to APP by Alhagie Gumbo Touray who granted the name by the electoral commission.
He said ahead of the announcement by the IEC, he had already informed his executive committee about his readiness to formally register the APP.
“However, it is important to note that we are powerless to do anything about it. Since the announcement we have been receiving calls from both home and abroad demanding explanation,” he added.
He continued: “It is against this backdrop that we believe it is important we inform the general public most especially those who were anticipating for Mr. Beyai to register the APP, that we are not associated with that name any more. We regret any inconvenience it may cause our sympathizers. ”
Since 2017 Mr Beyai has been toying with the idea of forming a political party without actually doing it. Last week Dr Gumbo Touray was named as leader of a party registered as All People’s Party, APP, the name Beyai chose since day one.