Foday Gassama says he is still UDP as he takes oath

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By Omar Bah & Juldeh Njie

Foday Gassama, the newly nominated member of the National Assembly replacing Ya Kumba Jaiteh whose nomination was revoked by President Barrow, has said that he is still a member of the UDP as he took oath of office yesterday.
Gassama took his oath pending the outcome of the case before the apex court determines the constitutionality of the President’s decision.

According to legal experts, if the Supreme Court determines in favour of Jaiteh and nullifies the President’s action, Gassama will vacate his seat for Jaiteh.
A small crowd surrounded by heavy security gathered outside the National Assembly to witness Gassama’s swearing in and to show support to President Barrow. Ya Kumba Jaiteh’s sympathizers were not present this time.
“I am still a member of the United Democratic Party despite the increased tension between the party and President Barrow,” he added.

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Barrow Friday fired the party’s leader Ousainu Darboe and two other ministers.
Speaking at the assembly, Gassama said Gambians should be cognizant of the fact that the country is bigger than any individual interest.
“We should put our individual interest aside if we want to promote peace and tranquility in our quest to develop the Gambia. We should stop castigating one another and focus on institutional and legal reforms,” Gassama told The Standard shortly after taking oath.

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