By Omar Bah Majanko Samusa has been returned as leader of the National Convention Party at a congress held yesterday at the Tallinding Buffer Zone Recreational Park. The National Assembly Nominated Member and veteran politician did not face any leadership challenge. The following comprise the new executive of the NCP, once the leading opposition party in the country: Secretary general – Majanko Samusa, deputy leader – Ida Ndure, PRO – Bakary Sonko, administrative secretary – Lamin Ndow, deputy administrative secretary – Omar Camara, auditor – Buba Touray, assistant auditor – Bakary Saho, national treasurer – F Omar Jarju, assistant treasurer -Binta Jammeh, national mobiliser – Dembo Touray, deputy national youth mobiliser – Bubacarr Cham, national women’s mobiliser -Neneh Trawally, deputy national women’s mobiliser – Ida Bahoum, national chairman – Dembo Jadama and national women’s chairperson – Binta Dampha. Addressing the congress which attracted delegates from across the country, the Baddibu politico reminded the delegates that he was unanimously selected as party leader when Dr Bolong Bojang resigned as party leader after losing the Coalition election preliminaries to Adama Barrow in 2016. “It was through my efforts that I led the party throughout the Coalition processes, and endorsed and signed the Coalition agreement on behalf of the NCP. I also guided the party in the national elections that followed although we could not win a single seat,” he added. He exhorted the supporters to renew their commitment to the party, saying “the future is bright for the NCP”. Disunity Addressing reports of discord in the party following the announcement on July 9, 2018 by a faction calling itself the “real NCP” of his expulsion, Mr Samusa said “the so-called defectors” led by Yaya Sanyang “cannot add or minus anything from the NCP…they cannot bring a single vote to the party. To us they do not exist.” He charged: “These are people who are not even known in the party. People like Badara Sidibeh contested for the NCP in Tumana in 1987 and had only 84 votes. Even people in his own compound refused to vote for him. Go to their compounds, they are all UDP. Their so-called interim leader, Yaya Sanyang, has just contested for the chairmanship in NBR and lost. How do you expect that person to win a presidential election in this country? “These are people who cannot make any difference to the NCP. They were there, living on others like leeches. They will always look for an opportunity to milk someone. These are just three people who resigned from an executive of eleven. They can go ahead with their congress, but we want to tell them that there cannot be two NCP executives in this country. They will come back very soon because they very well know they cannot move without us. They know our potential. NCP has decided and no one can change that.” The congress was attended by the former veep Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang, UDP national president Dembo Bojang, APRC’s Yankuba Colley, Lamin Cham from State House and representatives of other political parties. Rival congress Meanwhile, the NCP team led by Yaya Sanyang will hold its own congress at the Friendship Hotel in Bakau on Saturday, 29 December.]]>
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