Sheriff and Jammeh
Sheriff Bojang and President Jammeh

(JollofNews) – The newly appointed spokesman of President Yahya Jammeh’s party was Monday named  Information, Communication and Technology minister of the Gambia.

Seedy Njie, who is also a nominated member of the Gambia’s National Assembly, succeeded Sheriff Bojang, a renown journalist and proprietor of the independent Standard Newspaper.

Mr Bojang left his post unceremoniously some days ago and fled to neighbouring Senegal after President Jammeh rejected last month’s election.

Seedy Njie

The election was called in favour of opposition candidate Adama Barrow who won more than 45% of the vote according to the country’s electoral commission.

Mr Jammeh’s mandate ends on January 18th but he has indicated that he will not step after accusing the electoral commission of committing ‘huge’ and ‘unacceptable’ mistakes.

Mr Bojang previously worked as reporter, editor and managing director at the Daily Observer. He also briefly worked as editor at the National Assembly while publishing the current affairs monthly magazine Xpress. He later moved to the UK to complete a postgraduate programme before returning to the Gambia to start the Standard Newspaper.

Since Mr Bojang’s exit, his successor became President Jammeh’s attack dog and is rigorously defending his calls for fresh elections to be held.