Some of President Yahya Jammeh’s aides have reached out to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to talk The Gambia’s longtime ruler to step down and work toward a smooth transition.
Nigerian digital paper SaharaReporters reported that aides hope Mr. Buhari can offer a safe sanctuary in Nigeria for the Gambian ruler so that his new intransigent rejection of the recent election would not plunge the Gambia into deadly violence or war.
President Yahya Jammeh lost the country’s December 1 presidential polls and swiftly conceded defeat to President-elect Adama Barrow. Jammeh, however, rejected the outcome of the elections and set to challenge the results in the Supreme Court.
The UN Security Council has asked for Mr. Jammeh to step down and hand over power to real estate developer Adama Barrow.
Barrow is backed by seven opposition parties and an independent candidate. Political novice had never held public office and rose to become the presidential hopeful of the opposition UDP after its party leaders were arrested in April and sent to prison.