NPP allegedly postpones congress amid internal rift

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The National People's Party (NPP) has allegedly postponed their first congress to give more time to some of their leaders to sort out their differences and save the party's unity. 

A source disclosed to What's On-Gambia that the alleged postponement was endorsed by President Adama Barrow. 

"What I gathered is that the congress will not take place until after the presidential elections in December. Many people want positions in the party's executive committee and if they don't get it, they might leave the party," said the source, who begged for anonymity. 

The NPP was established in December 2019 by the Gambian leader as he prepares to seek reelection despite an earlier promise that he would serve only a single term. 

At the party's launching ceremony at the Independence Stadium, he thanked Gambians for the faith and confidence they have in him and their encouragement and support for him to "champion the cause of this nation under the banner of a new party." 

On the alleged rift within the party, die-hard Barrow supporter and NPP member, Ahmed Gitteh said: "As a successful party with a huge membership, you will have many people showing interest in the same positions. In NPP, the party leader welcomes this and all of us see this as a great opportunity to have the best in our executive committee." 

He added: "The time limit for a congress to be conducted by a registered political party is two years. Meaning if you are registered, you have two years maximum to conduct a congress and pick your executive members. We have an interim body that is currently coordinating the activities of the party." 

The NPP is yet to officially announce President Adama Barrow as their presidential candidate in the December elections.