A West African delegation comprising Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS), and President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra-Leone arrived Banjul on Tuesday morning., were received at the airport by Gambia’s Vice-President, Isatou Njie-Saidy.
The delegation was received at the airport by Gambia’s Vice-President, Isatou Njie-Saidy and will be joined by Ghana’s outgoing President, John Mahama.
The delegation aims to prevail upon Yahya Jammeh to hand over power following his defeat in the Presidential election to the opposition candidate, Adama Barrow. Jammeh initially congratulated Barrow and conceded defeat but in a surprising turnaround, he rejected the election results and called for fresh elections just a few days later.
He has launched a legal process to challenge the election, citing abnormalities in the election process and many see his actions as an attempt to cling to power beyond January 2017 when he is supposed to handover to Barrow.
The West African delegation will also meet the President-elect, Adama Barrow who has said he welcomes international forces to bring an end to the impasse.