African Union Chairman President Idriss Deby of Chad said the organization would fully support the consideration to use all necessary means to ensure the respect of the will of the people of The Gambia.
ECOWAS which is taking diplomacy as the first step to having The Gambia’s defeated President Yahya Jammeh to step down is not ruling out the use of draconian means to uphold the results of the country’s December 1 polls.
Jammeh, who had at first conceded defeat to the opposition backed real estate businessman Adama Barrow now say he is “ready to die” to remain in power.
ECOWAS President Marcel de Souza said the sub-regional body had used military measures in Mali and Guniea Bissau and would be forced to do the same in The Gambia if Jammeh’s term expires and refuses to hand over power.
French President Francois Hollande said Jammeh leaving power is non-negotiable and the UN Security Council passed a unanimous resolution for Jammeh to step down.
UN’s Chief Envoy for West Africa and the Sahel Mohammed Ibn Chambas forewarned that the world body will put strong sanctions against Jammeh if he refuses to relinquish power.