The ongoing APRC election petition in court has nothing to do with the inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow on January 19, says opposition coalition spokesperson, Halifa Sallah.
President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down pending the outcome of a Supreme Cout ruling. The court has imported six foreign judges to hear Mr. Jammeh’s petition on Tuesday, heightening fears of violence.
West African leaders pledged to attend Barrow’s inauguration on January 19 in Banjul but President Yahya Jammeh insists there would be no inauguration until the Supreme Court passes judgment.
ECOWAS is holding off on deploying troops to Banjul to oust Jammeh and uphold the will of The Gambian people. Jammeh still has a January 18 deadline to hand over power.
West African leaders have begun arriving in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital, ahead of a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the issue of Gambia’s transition of power.
Sallah had said last month the winning opposition coalition has no intentions of prosecuting Mr. Jammeh but if he refuses to hand over when his mandate expires, he would be declared a rebel.