Intrigue and drama, as State House mulls choice of new VP
Updated: Feb 1
Intense game of thrones is ensuing in the seat of power in The Gambia; as rival factions seek to promote the virtues of their candidates to replace the deceased vice-president, Badara Joof.
Gunjuronline bring you news of the main contenders and permutations.
With the prolonged illness of the vice-president, Seedy Njie has been touted as possible replacement given his outsize influence in the inner circle of the president. The former APRC law maker is not going to win any popularity contest, but his fluency in political maneuvering is well noted, if not keenly scorned by many who see him as a political opportunist.
Fatou Bom Bensuda
The high-profile former ICC prosecutor has been on diplomatic assignment as High Commissioner to London, but has constantly featured in discussions to serve as deputy for a poorly performing president. A source who spoke on condition of anonymity disclosed the thought process is that her prior position at the ICC will bring a veneer of respectability and efficiency to a failing government. State House, according to the source, is in a state of chaos and she is expected to bring greater rigor and efficiency to the process of governing.
Teneng Ba Jaiteh
She was recalled after years of service as a mandarin in the diplomatic service in Brussels. Her experience in public service and calmness is seen as an asset to the president, while accomplishing the goal of having a female vice president to appease gender activists calling for greater women representation.
As minister of Transport,Works and infrastructure, the Jambur-born former BBC journalist is one of the closest and most loyal supporters of Barrow. He’s been instrumental in the divorce of the president from his native UDP to form NPP. He is believed to be under serious consideration for the role.