Breaking: Gambia’s Vice President Resigns Hours Before Jammeh Forceful Removal
Gambia’s Vice President has joined eight cabinet ministers to resign in the face of the political impasse in the country sparked by President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to step down.
Gambia’s Vice President, Isatou Njie Saidy, has resigned, the latest high ranking government official to jump ship, leaving President Yahya Jammeh terribly isolated just 24 hours before he is mandated to hand over to opposition leader, Adama Barrow.
The latest resignation comes hours after some ministers abandoned Jammeh, even as Nigerian soldiers and a Nigerian warship are headed for the Gambia to terminate the 22-year old rule of President Jammeh who lost the December 1 election but has vowed not to hand over power on January 19 when his term runs out.
Vice President Isatou Njie-Saidy resigned on Wednesday, same day as Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science, Technology & Religious Affairs, Abubacar Senghore, who is the eighth cabinet member to leave the government this month.
Jammeh, who was defeated by Adama Barrow, first conceded defeat but later changed his mind citing irregularities. He has since challenged the results in court but has suffered several setbacks.
His decision not to step down angered the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the international community and prompted ECOWAS to issue threats that Jammeh would be forced out of office should he try to cling to power.
Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari was appointed chief mediator in the Gambia by ECOWAS but all attempts to convince Jammeh to leave power peacefully after 22 long years failed.
A Nigerian warship, NNS UNITY, is also heading for the coast of The Gambia to join the operation.
Reports said Barrow, who is currently in Senegal and was unable to attend the funeral of his eight-year-old son who died on Monday after a dog bite, might be escorted to Banjul by ECOMOG forces to be sworn in on Thursday whether Jammeh wants it or not.
The African Union has said it would stop recognising Jammeh as President this week. The ECOWAS Youth Council has written an open letter to Jammeh urging him to step down and many other prominent Africans have pleaded with him to go peacefully, but all pleas seem to have fallen into deaf ears, leaving a forceful take over the only solution.
Meanwhile he has been having underground plans as n his own he has ordered the security forces, who pledged allegiance to him, to maintain law and order in the country during the period. As President Yahya Jammeh, declared a three-month state of emergency on Tuesday starting from January 17 to April 17, 2017 to prevent the ECOMOG troop of their plans.
While the United States, United Kingdom and other European countries advised their citizens in the country to leave immediately.
From reliable source, a look at the airport hours before 19th January 2017 the deal day, is filled with tourists and citizens from the Gambia running from the unknown.