Nobody’s personal ambition is worth the blood of a single Gambian or person, says Mai Ahmad Fatty, one of the leaders of the opposition coalition that defeated Yahya Jammeh in the polls.
Fatty’s statement came right after ECOWAS announced it had put troops on standby if mediation efforts fail to send Jammeh packing.
“President-elect Adama Barrow and the Coalition state that nobody’s personal ambition is worth the blood of a single Gambian or person,” Fatty said.
The Gambia’s government-in-waiting said it will, however, enforce the legitimate will of the electorates, without any equivocation.
The political logjam in the country has raised fears to post-electoral violence. President Yahya Jammeh has refused to step down and challenged the outcome of the polls in the Supreme Court.
“There is no way out of subverting the will of the voters,” said Fatty. “The universal voice of humanity is to tow the path of honor and dignity.”
International and local pressure continue to mount on Jammeh to step down. UN says it will impose strong sanctions against Jammeh if he refuses to leave in January and President-elect Barrow has vowed to swear himself in.