(JollofNews) – Gambia’s president-elect, Adama Barrow, is holding a series of engagements with relevant institutions to facilitate a peaceful and smooth transfer of power.
Mr Barrow, 51, said he does not believes that no one’s personal ambition to power is worth the life of a single Gambian or person and is using diplomacy to find a comprehensive solution to the intransigence.
Tension is high in the Gambia and security officers are put on stand-by after President Jammeh unilaterally annulled the results of the December 1st election which was won by Mr Barrow and called for fresh elections.
Mr Jammeh, 51, who has ruled the Gambia since July 1994 had initially conceded defeat and praised the country’s electoral system as “the most transparent election in the whole world,” adding that he would not contest the result.
He later changed his mind and filed a lawsuit at the supreme court asking it to declare him winner of the elections.
Mr Jammeh said he had pulled more votes in the election than his opposition rival and should therefore be declared the duly elected president of the Gambia instead of Adama Barrow.
Mr Barrow and the international community including the United Nations have rejected Mr Jammeh’s rejection of the election results and have urged him step down.
He said the Gambian people have spoken in a clear voice in the December elections and their will must be respected in accordance with the laws of the country.
“Our iron-clad resolve to enforce the will of our people on 19th January 2017 in unison with regional partners and the international community is absolutely irreversible and irrevocable,” said Mai Fatty, a senior member of Mr Barrow’s opposition coalition.
And as the standoff continues, leaders of the West African regional grouping, ECOWAS, Wednesday officially authorised a so-called Ecowas Standby Force (ESF) to intervene militarily in the Gambia and enforce the outcome of the election earlier if defeated President Yahya Jammeh refuses to give up power when his mandate expires on January 18.
According to the resolution signed by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her capacity as the current Ecowas chair, the ESF has been mandated to ensure the safety of President-elect Barrow, his inauguration in accordance with the country’s constitution and provide security to other political leaders and the Gambian population.