BANJUL - A unit of the Gambian army on Tuesday raided the office of the independent election committee. President Alieu Momarr Njai was ordered to scratch. Also, the other staff could not be more in the building. ' The soldiers came into my room, I said nothing could touch more and had to leave, '' Nyai said. ' I fear for my safety. ''
West African leaders had agreed to arrive Tuesday in the Gambian capital Banjul to President Yahya Jammeh, who suffered an election defeat but doubted the outcome, moving to relinquish power. Jammeh prevails after a coup 22 years with an iron fist.
He heard the story of his colleagues sympathetic to. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari found him receptive to their arguments. ' Yes, certainly. ' The delegation was headed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia) and comprised Ernest Bai Koroma (Sierra Leone) and John Mahama (Ghana). The final lost last week's election and accept the result.
Jammeh or his example will follow is still questionable. His party APRC registered just after the delegation had arrived from the neighboring countries in the Supreme Court appeal against the result of the vote on 1 December. That should be declared invalid. Opposition leader Adama Barrow won surprising, though the difference was not large.
Jammeh has for the transfer of power formally sixty days. Will he refuse to do so, then armed intervention by neighboring countries not inconceivable. Diplomats suggested that possibility.