The Gambia’s defeated President Yahya Jammeh is now prepared to meet with leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) over his (Jammeh’s) claims that December elections results were rigged in favour of the opposition. Mr. Jammeh had earlier conceded defeat to the opposition coalition candidate Adama Barrow, describing the defeat as “the will of Allah.”
President Jammeh on Saturday refused landing rights to ECOWAS leaders in Banjul. However, Mr. Jammeh has now accepted to meet ECOWAS leaders in Banjul on Tuesday. The team led by the current ECOWAS Chairwoman Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, includes President’s of Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Guinea – Muhammad Buhari, Ernest Bai Koroma and Alpha Conde’.
The ECOWAS team is also billed to meet with opposition coalition leaders. It is not clear whether the team is holding meetings with Yahya Jammeh and opposition leaders at the same time.
President Yahya Jammeh’s questioning of election results on Friday has once again attracted international atention a country Jammeh had ruled with iron fist for more than two decades. His statement was vehemently condemned both at home and abroad. It has flared tempers in the neighbouring Senegal whose officials pressured the United Nations Security Council to hold an emergency session on the Gambia where a Dictator is bent on twisting the will of Gambian electorate.
After a barrage of condemnations characterised by the willingness to act, President Jammeh has started lowering the bar, knowing fully he is fighting a losing battle.