President-elect of Gambia, Adama Barrow has said that the representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have failed to convince Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to give up power.
The statement was made on Friday and originated from Barrow’s office. It said that the meeting between Jammeh and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Ghana’s former president John Dramani Mahama was “unproductive.”
Barrow’s spokesman Halifa Sallah said ECOWAS would nevertheless continue its mediation efforts.
The ECOWAS mediators also met Barrow on Friday.
The president-elect was due to attend a Franco-African summit in the Malian capital Bamako, which will attempt to resolve the crisis on Saturday.
Gambia held elections in December after 22 years of Jammeh rule and the electoral commission declared Adama Barrow, a real estate mogul, the winner on December 20, 2016.
Though he, at first, conceded defeat, Jammeh took his words back and has since tried to avoid handing over power. This has seeded unrest and uncertainty in the West African country.
The Nigerian president is expected to offer political asylum to Jammeh if he agrees to hand over power.
The talks with ECOWAS came several hours after Gambia’s ruling party filed a motion with the Supreme Court to prevent Barrow from being sworn into office on January 19.
ECOWAS earlier pledged to send troops to ensure a peaceful transition of power in Gambia if Jammeh persists in his refusal to step down.