Mai Ahmad Fatty Throws In Towel

By Abdoulie John

The Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) leader on Friday announced his resignation as Special Adviser to President Adama Barrow. The resignation of Mai Ahmad Fatty was announced amid increased dramatic political polorization.

“I made a personal commitment when I was appointed that the day I will not feel challenged, I will leave. I no longer feel challenged. I do not feel being useful as Special Adviser to the President Barrow anymore,” Mai Fatty told a news conference held at Kairaba Beach Hotel in Kololi.

The move taken by GMC leader comes at a time when the polarization of opinions is going crescendo. The partisans of “3Years Jotna” and those calling on the Gambian leader to uphold the Constitution and serve five years term are bracing up for a showdown in December 2019.

Under such circumstances, the GMC leader said the only option at hand is for him to leave.

Fatty added that the decision he has taken will not affect his relationship with the President.

“Our relations at personal level remain strong. We’ve been friends for over thirty years. We’ve that personal friendship and I cherish that very much,” he revealed in an attempt to shut down any speculation.

Energising his party supporters who came out in their numbers to witness the press conference, Mai Ahmad Fatty said he belongs to a political party, calling it his ‘political constituency.’

“They are my constituency in terms of partisan politics,” he reiterated.

Fatty disclosed that a good number of GMC supporters were against his return to government but he promised them that they do their best to change the trajectory.

Getting back to the elephant in the room, Fatty insisted that as Special Adviser, he no longer feels useful in that position anymore.

On “3 Years Jotna”

Mai Ahmad Fatty seized the opportunity to clear air over the movement that is making big push for Barrow to step down in December after the completion of the three years transition period.

He made it crystal clear that GMC is not part of that movement, outlining the gigantic tasks of development Gambians need to focus on.

“We all belong to One Gambia. We can’t agree on everything, but we can agree on something,” he voiced out, calling on Gambians to make sure that the “convergent factors” are materialised.

Fatty expressed the need for Gambian to perpetuate the family conversation, and not an acrimonious diatribe.

“Let us be agents of unity. Let us try to bring mutual understanding between our leaders,” he said.


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