Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) has called on incumbent President of Gambia President Yahya Jammeh to respect the will of his people and step down, and let the newly elected President take office.
The West African regional body is standing with the people of Gambia in the area of peace and security according to Sirleaf, during her speech at the inauguration of Ghana’s new President Nana Addo on Saturday according to a report by myjoyonline.
ECOWAS has held off its troop deployment to The Gambia and focusing on the mediation to ensure a peaceful transfer of power. The regional body will be closely monitoring proceedings in The Gambia’s Supreme Court, where Jammeh is challenging the poll results.
“We are committed to a peaceful mediation and a peaceful transfer of power in The Gambia. We will continue to pursue that for now,” said Sirleaf, who chairs the 15-member body
According to Al Jazeera, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said that ECOWAS will hold a meeting on Monday in Abuja to discuss further steps.
Yahya Jammeh accepted defeat in the December 1st election but changed after a week citing irregularities committed during the voting process. Mr Jammeh took his grievances to the Supreme Court where he has submitted a case. Jammeh wants the election results cancelled and fresh elections held.
ECOWAS sent a delegation spear headed by Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari to The Gambia to engage the incumbent President and the President-elect.