The mayor of Banjul says he has recognised Adama Barrow as the choice of the Gambian people.
Mayor Abdoulie Bah of Banjul, Gambia’s island capital, has told Journalists on Friday that he has recognized Adama Barrow as the country’s President elect.
Gambia was plunged into post election crisis after President Yahya Jammeh rejected the election results, a week after conceding defeat to a little known property developer, Adama Barrow.
“We want a healthy environment to see that there is peace within The Gambia… And we advise each and every Gambian to understand that it is only peace which is going to prevail as far as we are concern as the mayor of Banjul. This is the main message that brought me here,” Mayor Bah told journalists after meeting with Barrow at Kairaba Beach hotel.
“I assured the president elect that I feel that all Banjulians, but whole Gambia, will respect the peoples’ choice because the will of the people is the will of God… We are all praying to see that the thing will be successful.”
Abdoulie Bah was mayor of Banjul since 2013 after he won an election as an independent candidate against ruling APRC’s Samba Faal.
The current political stalemate is Gambia is showing no signs of going away.
The regional economic bloc ECOWAS that is mediating the issue appeared to have made little progress and yesterday news emerged that they are contemplating using force to oust President Jammeh.
Gambian leader and his ruling APRC party has challenged the results at the country’s Supreme Court but the opposition coalition’s spokesperson, Halifa Sallah, told journalists yesterday that they will inaugurate their leader come January 19 when Jammeh’s term expires.
Sallah also told journalists that the there is no communication between them and the members of the ruling APRC party which would have happened if there were going to be a transition.
But for both parties, the mayor has some words of caution.
“… There is nothing like peace and Gambians’ main agenda is to establish and promote peace …,” he said, while urging negotiations to continue.
“… As at now, we see that it is very important for these two leaders to sit together for the interest of Gambian people…”