Gambia’s Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle said he cannot make the order being sought by the lawyers of President Yahya Jammeh to stop the January 19 swearing-in of President-elect Adama Barrow.
Fagbenle is unable to preside over the injunction filed by President Yahya Jammeh because he was named in the petition.
The injunction seeks for the Supreme Court to to restrain the Chief Justice and any member of the judiciary from swearing in Mr. Barrow and for lawmakers and civil servants from taking part in Barrow’s inauguration.
It may be President Yahya Jammeh’s last legal means to use the courts to remain, president, after his election petition challenging the outcome suffered a mishap.
Jammeh had been sworn-in twice when opposition parties had election petitions in court.
West African leaders who were mediating a quite exit for Jammeh failed in their bid. Jammeh is refusing to step down until the Supreme Court makes a ruling on his cases.
Jammeh’s Attorney Edu Gomez has advised his client to keep pursuing remedies in court and insists the status quo remains the same until a ruling is made.
Jammeh had called Liberia’s President and ECOWAS Chair Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to facilitate the transfer of judges to the Gambia to stop restrain Mr. Barrow from being sworn-in and to hear his election petition.
(Reporting by Saikou Jammeh; Writing by Sam Phatey; Additional Writing by Sainey MK Marenah)