The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has given the embattled President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, till midnight on Wednesday to vacate office and hand over power to the country’s President-Elect, Mr. Adama Barrow, or be ousted by force, according to reports.
Details of the planned military intervention in the Gambia by ECOWAS-backed troops if Jammeh refuses to vacate office for Barrow on Thursday remains sketchy, however, ECOWAS forces are reported to have perfected plans to install the Gambian president-elect Barrow.
Efforts by the ‘outgoing President Yayah Jammeh’ to erect a legal hurdle in the way of the ECOWAS-backed inauguration of Barrow suffered a serious setback yesterday. Last Thursday, the country’s ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) filed an application for an interlocutory injunction seeking to stop the inauguration of Mr. Barrow as President on January 19.
However, The Gambian Supreme Court, chaired by Nigerian-born Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle, who refused to grant the application, declined to hear an application by Jammeh’s party to that effect.