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PPP leadership battle reaches court

By Bruce Asemota

Fatoumatta ‘Touma’ Njai has filed a civil suit at the high court against the Peoples Progressive Party, its leader Kebba Jallow and the Independent Electoral Commission.

Ms Njai, the National Assembly Member for Banjul South, has been locked in a leadership battle since last year.

She is seeking a declaration that she is a bonafide member of the PPP, following her expulsion in March from the party.

She is also seeking a declaration that her dismissal from the party was null and void.

She wants the court to declare a recent PPP congress which saw the election of Kebba Jallow as leader null and void because it contravened PPP’s constitution.

Touma also wants the court to make a perpetual injunction restraining Kebba Jallow from parading himself as the party leader of the PPP, pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

According to the suit, the court should also order Ms Njai maintain her seat as a National Assembly Member of the PPP pending the hearing and determination of the matter.

She said the congress which saw the ascension to power of Kebba Jallow was laced with “fraudulent and unlawful” activities, urging the court to make an order and set aside the election result.

Ms Njai is also demanding a new congress be held under the supervision of the IEC.

The case is slated for hearing on 10 June.

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