Kerr Fatou co-host Nyang Njie lashed out at opposition leader Fabakary Tombong Jatta and opposition spokesperson, Seedy Njie saying their party chair, former President Yahya Jammeh was nothing less than an electoral thief-in-chief.
“Yahya Jammeh is the electoral thief-in-chief. He brought people from Casamance to vote in our own elections… Jammeh caused undue harm, displacement and financial disruption to Gambians,” Nyang said.
Casamance is the southern region of Senegal, which is fighting for autonomy and Jammeh is long suspected of drawing illegitimate voters from there.
Jammeh accused the electoral commission of denying some 300,000 of his supporters from voting, demanded new voter registration and fresh polls to be held. The 300,000 are suspected foreigners, most of them from Casamance and the number is consistent with that of voter cards burnt at his APRC party political bureau.
Nyang dived into a heated exchange with Jatta and Njie, who still maintain that elections were rigged and that Jammeh was unfairly treated by West African leaders, who refused to send judges to hear the ex-leader’s petition.
Jammeh first accepted defeated but the lack of a Superior Court to hear his election petition after he refused to cede power a week later, nailed the legal relief in a coffin.
Nigeria, Ghana, and Sierra Leone said they were unable to send judges to help hear Jammeh’s case after the Gambia Bar Association refused to have any lawyer represent the former President.
“They could have brought judges instead of the army for due process to happen. This is why we have a two-month handing over period,” Jatta retorted.
The West African forces that were scrambled to The Gambia forced Jammeh into exile. But Jammeh, overconfident of winning the elections, pinned himself saying “our election is fraud-proof and rigged-proof,” just days before he faced off with opposition rival, Adama Barrow.
At least 75,000 people were turned into refugees, and more than 150,000 others internally displaced overnight when Jammeh refused to step aside. Fearing a bloodbath, Gambians fled to neighboring Senegal sparking a humanitarian crisis on the northern border.
Jammeh is now in Equatorial Guinea and being investigated by Gambian authorities for using the time of the political standoff to steal at least $50 million and for mismanaging billions during his 22-year iron fist rule.