Exclusive: By Denisaurus News Service
Few minutes ago, Gambia’s President-elect, Adama Barrow excitedly told his supporters that the 22 year rule of President Yahya Jammeh was “officially over.”
Mr Barrow secured 43.3 percent of the votes in the December, 2016 elections.
He tweeted at 12noon, “My dearest Gambians – the presidency of Yahya Jammeh is officially over. The new era of Gambia is here at last. #NewGambia.”
Outgoing President Jammeh who declared a 90-days state of emergency on Tuesday, annulled the elections, after at first conceding defeat.
In June 1993, the Nigerian military head of state; Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida annulled an election which many believed was won by Moshood Kashimawo Olawale, MKO Abiola, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP.
Last night, Vice President of Gambia, Isatou Njie-Saidy resigned, but many attempts by regional leaders to convince President Jammeh to step down has failed.
President Jammeh’s legal representative, Edward Gomez who fled to neighbouring Senegal, has written him a letter (pictured below) asking that he should step down.
President Jammeh, 51, might be adamant about his decision to hang on to power, however, the chairperson of the African Union Commission has warned the former military ruler, saying he “must hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow in conformity with #TheGambia’s 1997 Constitution.”