By Omar Bah
Pa Modou Mbowe, a key member of the APRC splinter group, has alleged that former president Yahya Jammeh had complained about the executive’s lack of transparency and accountability over monies he gave to them.
Last week, Jammeh announced he had replaced the FTJ-led executive for joining President Barrow’s NPP without his permission.
He also announced the APRC is now working with Gambia Alliance for National Unity (Ganu) led by Sheikh Tijan Hydara. Many wondered why the former president made such a dramatic move.
But according to Mbowe, the FTJ-led executive’s failure to account for D3.5 million given to them by Jammeh in 2017 may be part of the reasons he fell out with them. 
Mr Mbowe, who was speaking to Star FM’s Pa Nderry Touray in an interview to be aired this morning, alleged that Jammeh gave FTJ’s executive the money to contest the last National Assembly elections and that he instructed them to contest all the parliamentary seats across the country.
“But they just went and put up candidates in the Fonis and few other places just to fool Jammeh and used the rest of the money on their personal business. They also held several rallies and sold party T-shirts, asobeee and even raffle tickets amounting to millions of dalasis,” he said.
Mr Mbowe further alleged: “When Jammeh asked them to produce financial statements and audit reports to explain how they spent the money, they couldn’t produce it and they stopped picking his calls. This is why Jammeh stopped calling them. They are not transparent. This is why Jammeh decided to find some other people to send money to for the running of the party who account for the funds as spent.”

APRC reacts
The Standard contacted the FTJ-led APRC, whose deputy spokesman Dodou Jah, said: “That is not true. The money he is claiming is not D3.5 million but D3 million and contrary to what Mbowe is saying, there was an audit done on how it was spent and the audit outcomes were read out during the party’s 2018 congress by the auditors themselves.”
Jah added: “When the money was given, I was not part of the executive at the time as I came in late 2017 when Seedy Njie left to join Barrow. I learned about it during one of our meetings in Bwiam. At that meeting, the executive explained how they spent the money.”
Jah said D900,000 out of the D3 million was used to pay lawyers for the APRC supporters who were arrested during the Kanfenda incident.

Article by: https://standard.gm/aprc-executive-deny-they-could-not-account-for-millions-given-by-jammeh/

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