The APRC has filed a new election petition, this time naming President-elect Adama Barrow, although it has one pending in the Supreme Court, a senior member of the party said.
Yankuba Colley, the national mobiliser of the ruling and soon to be opposition APRC party, has filed an election petition on behalf of 5,000 APRC supporters against the electoral commission, Attorney General, and the President-elect Adama Barrow.
The new petition filed in the Supreme Court seeks to have last month’s presidential election, in which Jammeh suffered a shocking defeat in the hands of Mr. Barrow, “null and void,” according to Mr. Colley, who is also the Mayor of the country’s industrial hub, Kanifing.
The APRC and President Jammeh are holding the electoral commission liable of electoral abnormalities and malpractices.
The Supreme Court was unable to hear Jammeh’s initial electoral petition on Tuesday. Judges due to hear the case were indisposed, forcing the Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbenele to adjourn the hearing.
President Yahya Jammeh has until January 18 to hand over power. West African leaders will be in Banjul on Wednesday to prevail over Mr. Jammeh to step down.
ECOWAS is on a last-ditch diplomatic effort to secure a peaceful end to the political logjam sparked by Jammeh’s refusal to relinquish power. The regional bloc has put a standby force on hold but may be forced to deploy it if Jammeh continues to cling to power when his mandate expires.