Gambian opposition leader Mama Kandeh is opposing the use of military force to bend defeated President Yahya Jammeh to step down and instead renewed his call for continuous dialogue to end the standoff between the winning coalition and the ruling APRC.
If outside forces are allowed to intervene, according to Kandeh, it could lead to loss of life and properties.
Kandeh’s party said they will not be challenging the outcome of the polls and that they recognized coalition candidate Adama Barrow as the winner of the polls.
“Military intervention is not a solution to Gambia’s political impasse. We do not need any military intervention in this country. This is a Gambian problem and should be settled locally,” Kandeh said.
The GDC leader is urging President Yahya Jammeh to open communication and negotiate with the coalition. Jammeh has been incommunicado since his meeting with West African leaders last month.
“The Gambia’s long trademark of being referred to as the “smiling coast” of West Africa, would be a thing of the past if the impasse is not handled with care and maturity,” Mama Kandeh, GDC Presidential Hopeful.
Attempts by UN Secretary General were unsuccessful.
“We are not in war, it is a political problem which can be resolved peacefully. I’m calling on all to sit on the negotiating table. There is no time to waste. Let us come together as Gambians” Kandeh urged.
The country’s Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling on a petition Jammeh filed next week amid rising tensions.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said the situation in the country is worsening. A handful of grassroots campaigners urging Jammeh to step down were arrested and some of its leaders fled the country.
The Chair of the Electoral Commission Alieu Momar Njai also fled the country to safety after he received credible threats to his life with two radio stations forced off air.