Gambia’s President, Yahya Jammeh, given until midnight tomorrow to vacate office and hand over power to the country’s newly elected President by The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) reports Nigerian national newspaper THIS DAY
“From what I gathered, they are extending the olive branch till midnight of January 18th. If he does not (handover power) by 19th, the troops will take over,” a Ministry of Foreign Affairs Staff told Thisday Newspaper.
Jammeh has been instructed to hand over the Presidency to the President-Elect, Mr. Adama Barrow, or be ousted by force.
THISDAY has learnt that ECOWAS has perfected plans to install the president-elect though details of the planned military intervention are yet to be known.
Gambia’s Supreme Court declined to hear an application by Jammeh’s party to stop the inauguration of Barrow.
Jammeh is challenging the election results of December elections.
The African Union (AU) and ECOWAS have pledged to withdraw their recognition of Jammeh as President after Thursday.
As the inauguration day, January 19th, draws closer, tension appears to have gripped Gambians, with many struggling to leave the tiny West African nation.
“Efforts by ECOWAS leaders led by President Muhammadu Buhari to persuade Jammeh to relinquish power has failed to yield any tangible result, even as Barrow relocated to Senegal, where reports suggest he would be brought into The Gambia by ECOWAS troops for the inauguration on Thursday.” Says the report by This Day
Barely a week after Gambia’s information minister, Sheriff Bojang, resigned, Gambia’s ministers for finance, foreign affairs, trade and the environment have resigned from office.