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Speaker of Gambian Parlaiment, Hon Bojang

Gambia President Yahya Jammeh is showing no sign of backing down as Gambian Parliamentarians on Monday passed a motion aimed at baring ECOWAS from using force to flush out the regime of dictator Yahya Jammeh, Concise News has reliably gathered.

The law makers claim that Gambia being a sovereign nation has to be respected by the African bloc by allowing it resolve its political impasse constitutionally.

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The lawmakers insist that the pending electoral case must be heard before any transfer of power could happen, reports Gambia’s Freedom Newspaper.

Ruling Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) Parliamentarians also used the opportunity to call on ECOWAS to encourage member states to send the supreme court judges recently hired to hear dictator Yahya Jammeh’s election petition.

Meanwhile, the lawyer representing the ruling APRC party has said that his client (Yahya Jammeh) is not losing anything because he has a substantive issue in court which is a petition that must be heard in the interest of justice.

Jammeh, who came under heavy knocks for making public a private conversation he had with ECOWAS Chairperson and Liberian President, Helen Johnson-Sirleaf, has repeatedly said that he will only obey supreme court’s ruling on his election petition.

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Front cover of Tuesday’s edition of Gambia’s national newspaper, Observer

Meanwhile, a well-respected political pundit, Prof. Jonah Onuoha of the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka, has urged President Yaya Jammeh of Gambia to handover to Adama Borrow, the winner of Dec. 1, 2016 presidential poll, in the interest of peace.

 

Prof Onuoha urged ECOWAS to use every force within its disposal to ensure that Barrow was inaugurated as the new president of Gambia if every peaceful dialogue for Jammeh to handover fail.

“Jammeh should listen to the voice of reason and quietly handover to Barrow, else he will live to regret his actions,” he said.

Even if Jammeh wants to challenge the outcome of Dec. 1 presidential election in court, he is allowed to, but first of all, he must handover to Barrow until when the court declares him winner of that presidential poll,” added Prof Onuoha.