Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh, who is refusing to step down after losing elections is accusing ECOWAS mediators, including Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari of violating the sovereignty of mainland Africa’s smallest country.
“This country has been independent since 1965. And they want me to leave my country? Who are they to tell me to leave my country,” Jammeh said.
Jammeh called the political logjam a conflict that cannot be peacefully resolved when institutions concern are making threats and disrespecting facts, referring to ECOWAS, African Union, and the United Nations.
Jammeh, 51, who came to power through a military coup accepted his defeat in the polls before taking a political u-turn and demanding fresh polls be held.
Four West African Head of States met with Jammeh in Banjul in a meeting that Jammeh now calls “just a formality.”
ECOWAS urged Jammeh to respect the will of the sovereign people of The Gambia and West African leaders in Abuja adopted a by all means necessary measure to uphold the outcome of the polls.
The Gambia is one of the two West African nations that declined an ECOWAS proposal for two-term limits for presidents.