Demoralized former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s counsel, Edward Gomez told the pro-Jammeh Daily Observer that his decision not to side with the Gambia Bar Association’s decision to boycott the courts was that he was in pursuit of the truth.
The Gambia Bar Association condemned President Jammeh’s attempt to hold on to power after he was defeated in the polls in December. Its members agreed to boycott the courts until Jammeh hands over power peacefully to the winner of the election, businessman Adama Barrow.
Gomez denied he did anything morally, ethically or professionally wrong.
“Those lawyers knew very well that there is nothing that I did that was morally, ethically or professionally wrong. Virtually every election that is contested, petitions go to the courts. Even the current president Buhari of Nigeria was involved in many petitions,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria led mediation efforts by West African leaders for Jammeh to stand down before sending it regional forces to oust the longstanding ruler.
Jammeh filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking to have the election results nullified, accusing the electoral commission of rigging the polls.
Lawyer Edward Gomez, who told reporters during the political standoff that he had advised Jammeh to continue with his election challenge, argued that petitions have to go through a principle of test and veracity.
“So I don’t know what is so special about this case,” Gomez said. “This is an opportunity for the Gambia to show the whole world that we are democratic.”
Gomez fled the Gambia hours before the regional troops entered the country. He has recently returned home to Banjul after Jammeh fled to Equatorial Guinea, ending the political crisis.