Gambian President Revolts Against African Leaders, Vows Not To Let Go

By Ikenga Chronicles December 14, 2016

Ousted Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Tuesday revolted against the heavyweight quartet of West African leaders who had stormed the country to impress upon him to step down quietly.

Jammeh who revolted through his party came as four African leaders pressed on him to accept the will of the people.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone’s Ernest Bai Koroma and Ghana’s outgoing President John Mahama held an hour of talks with Jammeh earlier on Monday.

Jammeh had conceded defeat in the poll but then reversed his stand, triggering global condemnation and a multitude of calls for him to cede power peacefully.

In his revolt, Jammeh filed a petition to the Supreme Court alleging that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had violated the law.

‘’The opposition leader Adama Barrow was not duly elected or returned as president and that the said election was void” he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, police locked down the offices of the electoral commission, raising fresh fears Jammeh might not leave office without a fight.

However the electoral commission chairman, Alieu Momar Njie, disclosed that when he went to work “personnel of the Police Intervention Unit (riot police) did not allow me to enter the headquarters”.

No reason was given, he added. The premises remained locked down and surrounded by police in the early afternoon.

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