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Gambia: President Jammeh Orders Army to Take Over Electoral Commission as W/African Leaders Persuade him to Accept Defeat

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Buhari, Mahama, Sirleaf, Koroma visit Jammeh2

L-R: President Buhari of Nigeria, President Sirleaf of Liberia, President Jammeh of Gambia, President Koroma of Sierra Leone, and President Mahama of Ghana

President Yahya Jammeh took another step in brinkmanship today by asking Gambian army seize the office of the country’s electoral commission.

His plan was not so clear. But he had called for new polls last week after rejecting the result of the election of December 1.

The latest action was taken on a day that four West African leaders arrived to persuade him to accept the verdict of the Gambian people.

The soldiers ordered the chairman of the commission, Alieu Momar Njie and other staff to leave.

They then barred all employees from entering.

“The military came to my office and said I am not to touch anything and told me to leave,” he said. “I am worried for my safety,” Njei added.

As the drama was going on, Jammeh received the African leaders at the CoCo Ocean Resort and Spa, in the capital of Banjul.

Buhari, Mahama, Sirleaf, Koroma visit Jammeh

The delegation of West African leaders urged the former soldier who had spent 22 years in power to step aside following his poll defeat by real estate mogul, Adama Barrow.

Asked if Jammeh had been receptive, President Buhari told reporters: “Yes, very much so.”

The West African leaders who attended the meeting included ECOWAS chairman, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, John Dramani Mahama of Ghana and President Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone.

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17 Comments

  1. Kezhia

    December 13, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    I am pissed and mad as hell. Seriously question here, can’t Gambians including the army rise up agianst him. As in no one heeds to his oders, if that power is taken away from he’s nothing. He’s just a man.

    I am just tired of hearing about this power drunk, selfish, greedy old men. He’s been there for 22 years for goodness sake.

    • Mama

      December 14, 2016 at 12:00 am

      I wonder! He is but one man. How can one person control the destinies of thousands and they cannot fight for themselves. Even if na jazz, haba!

    • tunmi

      December 14, 2016 at 12:57 am

      Fear and power. Let’s not be to quick to denounce the work of Gambian people.. Folks risked their lives with this election. He has a lot of supporters and both him and his supporters are drunk with power. Hopefully the ECOWAS leaders will help

  2. o

    December 13, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Hmmmm ppl like this never end well…. Receptive ko, reception ni… Mschewwwwww

  3. DoroAnon

    December 13, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    This man looks devilish he should not poison this presidents ooo or plan an autocrash or something

    • keke driver

      December 14, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Hmmmmm, you really don’t wanna know my thoughts.#MBuhari

  4. chic wen sabi

    December 13, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    truth be told 22yrs is too much for just one person to keep ruling a country, from my calculation since 1994. For him to handover , NO……after accepting defeat.
    All these our Africa leaders sha……
    @ DoroAnon ,lol…(why the winchy thinking)

  5. nnenne

    December 13, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    All APC elections have been violent. Pray, what is Buhari doing there?
    Charity begins at home! .

  6. Anne

    December 14, 2016 at 12:10 am

    How one man can be so powerful I don’t understand. 22 years of leadership, are you not tired or bored.
    Please Buhari don’t learn anything from him on this trip. We are praying that 2019 comes soon.

  7. Teegirl

    December 14, 2016 at 1:20 am

    You brought the throne from heaven and you definitely have to take it back. I understand jare Broda Jammeh.

  8. mam

    December 14, 2016 at 4:33 am

    I am a Gambian n am always on this site, infact i introduce it to many people at my work place. People were advised to go ahead with their daily businesses untill January n if he refuse to hand over then their will serious trouble. This man already killed thousands he knew whats awaits him.
    Am proud of bellanaija, sorry 4 any errors.

  9. Joke

    December 14, 2016 at 5:32 am

    I doubt if this man is going to leave peacefully. Why would he? What does he have to go to? After enjoying that position for so long, what will he do with himself? Read this article http://thewip.net/2008/07/04/african-leaders-and-the-president-for-life-syndrome/
    about African leaders and President for Life Syndrome…

  10. chi

    December 14, 2016 at 7:55 am

    What is Buhari doing there? Can Buhari accept defeat without calling on “baboons and monkeys to be soaked in blood”? I don’t think Buhari and the person he’s going to persuade are different. African leaders don’t know what democracy is, most African presidents are between 70 -92 and still want to rule till their last breath.

  11. Mo'Diva

    December 14, 2016 at 9:03 am

    @Anne the last sentence of your comment got me LOL

  12. The people sending them and the people going, what is their plan exactly, drag him out or drink wine? what exactly?

  13. Tuner

    December 14, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Shame! Shame!! Shame!!!

  14. kumandang

    December 14, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    He is still the president,though it’s over with him come January 19th,2017,so i guess he is banking on last minute attention as he is a big time attention seeker.Just like a dog barking for support when confronted with the inevitbale.

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