By: Muhammed Lamin Drammeh
Despite the party selecting another candidate ahead of him for the Brikama Area Council Chairmanship seat, Ahmad Gitteh, who earlier today announced he will run as an independent, said ninety per cent (90%) of the National People’s Party (NPP) members are with him, and less than ten per cent are with the candidate the party chose over him.
Gitteh made this revelation at his press conference earlier this afternoon, where he announced that he will be running solo without the backing of his party.
“I believe, the NPP, ninety per cent, is in agreement with me. Less than ten per cent is going with the decision of those that conducted the primaries. They hand-picked an individual at their own will, but this is not the will of the majority.”
Gitteh, who emphatically stated that he hasn’t resigned from the NPP and will be there until the party expels him, outlined that going as an independent in the election will avail the aggrieved party members to find a place with him and express their dissatisfaction about the party’s decision in choosing Seedy Ceesay over him.
“I believe going as an independent candidate is giving those aggrieved party members that I worked with so hard to build this party to find a place to express their dissatisfaction and disagreement with the leaders of the party. So, we are going independent, and this will create an avenue for NPP to come, and we win the election and move on as a party,” he noted.
It could be recalled that the National People’s Party West Coast Region executive selection committee, in the primaries, announced that Seedy Ceesay won the primaries. However, Gitteh refuted such and said he didn’t participate in the runoff.