Presidential Elect, Adama Barrow Vows To Fight President Jammmeh of Gambia
On Monday, the Gambian president-elect, Mr. Adama Barrow, called on President Yahya Jammeh to step down from office. Mr. Barrow referred to the colonial power of Great Britain, stating that Britain was able to execute a peaceful transition.
Expressing his concerns in a goodwill message to the people of Gambia, Mr. Barrow stated that Gambia should be free from the threat of violence. He stated further that it would not be in the interest of the Gambian people for President Jammeh to cling unto power, as he has stated that unless the Supreme Court orders him to step down, he would remain in power.
Mr. Barrow rephrased Jammeh's quote, reminding the president that the interest of the nation was greater than the will of any one man.
The president-elect, Mr. Barrow, who announced the creation of a group of experts to lay the foundations for his new administration, vowed to forge ahead in his triumphant bid to become the next president.
It would be recalled that president Jammeh, who have been in power for about 22 years, stunned the world when he initially accepted the defeat in the December 1 elections, but then refused a week later to concede, refuting and rejecting the results of the elections, which he has finally now challenged in court
"I should assume office when the term of office of the incumbent expires... I do not want to preside over a country that is not at peace with itself," Barrow said in a statement.
"I am calling on all peace loving Gambians to... work for a peaceful transfer of executive power, for the first time in our history since independence."
Jammeh has stoked international concerns about the future of the tiny west African country, with the UN joining African leaders in calling for him to step down.
"If the colonialists could peacefully hand over executive power... (we) should be able to show a better example to our children," Barrow said.
"To ensure that the country realises its full potential when I assume office, I have already commissioned the establishment of a think tank" to prepare a transition plan.
Under Jammeh's long rule, The Gambia has remained crushingly poor but enjoyed relative stability — though rights groups and media watchdogs accuse him of cultivating a climate of fear and clamping down on dissent.
Source: Jolly Egbon