The political division that erupted in Gambia after President Yahya Jammeh declared he is annulling the December 1 election results because of “irregularities”, is widening with communications between the two camps cut off.
The regional economic bloc, ECOWAS, has vowed it would take “all necessary actions” to resolve the impasse following which they appoint Nigeria’s President Muhammed Buhari and Ghana’s outgoing President John Mahama to continue the mediation until January 19.
President-elect Adama Barrow’s spokesman, Halifa Sallah, would not though comment on possible military intervention but he, however, said that it would be a “shame” if a solution to Gambian problem were to be found by outsiders.
And now Marcel de Souza, president of the ECOWAS commission, has told Mali state TV late Thursday that the West Africa’s regional bloc has put standby forces “on alert” in case President Jammeh does not step down when his mandate ends even though the APRC has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking to annul the results.
“If Gambians do not take charge of their destiny to build a Gambian consensus…, we will lose control of our destiny. And we will have no one to blame but ourselves,” Sallah said alluding to the possible ECOWAS intervention.