Gambia electoral commission head flees country

Photo credit: REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (GAMBIA)
Photo credit: REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (GAMBIA)

The Chairman of the Gambian Electoral Commission has fled the country following threats to his life, his nephew said on Tuesday.

Alieu Momar Njai had declared Adama Barrow the winner of the Dec. 1 presidential election, but President Yahya Jammeh has refused to relinquish power, challenging the election results in court.

Modou Njai told journalists that his uncle had left the country because of the threats.

“He was not willing to leave but the family had to put pressure on him.

“I understand that he is currently outside Gambia,’’ he said.

Security forces had earlier occupied the office of the electoral commission and denied staff access for weeks, but have since left the premises.

Mr. Barrow said on Monday that he would take power on Jan. 19 as mandated by the constitution, in spite of Mr. Jammeh’s court challenge.

After over two decades in power, Mr. Jammeh, 51, lost the election to Mr. Barrow, a former real estate agent who was little known even in Gambia before he announced his candidacy.

(dpa/NAN)


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  • musa aliyu

    Beginning of an end to sit-tightism

    • aisha ani

      Love the new word “sit-tightism”

  • Fessi K

    The guy don d-charge oooo

  • RAPE on the NigerDELTA

    There is massive poverty in the Niger Delta. There is nothing to show for the wealth of the region as monies from the region are used to develop Abuja and the rest of the country. The only benefit the oil producing and resource owners – Biafra and Niger Delta regions benefit from Nigeria are :
    – Pollution
    – Neglect
    – Violence
    – Military Occupation
    – Wanton arrest of its citizens
    – Harassment
    – Sponsored propaganda to defame
    – Bypass in political appointments
    – Hate, hate and more hate
    – Etc etc, etc

    SECESSION is the only way for the Niger Delta and Biafran regions if they must achieve their potentials. Buhari can remain president of the rest of Nigeria and those of us who do not want to be associated with Nigeria in any way should be left alone to live our dreams and fly to our destination – have our own country. And this is what we must do. May God be with our freedom fighting comrades – the AVENGERS and MEND

    • Anon

      Niger Delta is not part of Biafra. We haven’t forgotten how the coward Ojukwu ran away leaving the brave Niger Deltan, Phillips Effiong to face Gowon. Never again would we join the Igbos on their Biafran quest.

      • Sule

        @Anon: Look at this Hausa/Fulani slaves. The oil revenue is developing Northern States. Show the world any Capital project or development in Niger Delta. Oloshi, oloriburuku, Banza, shege.

        • Anon

          Was it not that Igbo General Aguyi Ironsi who abolished the Regional system and created the unitary system of government we have today or do you think some of us don’t know the history of this country.

          We Niger Deltans are Nigerians we don’t have any problem with the development of our National capital Abuja. Abuja is not for Hausas but for every single Nigerian, any Nigerian can live there free without harassment.

          The non development of the Niger Delta is caused by our leaders not Hausas. Since 1999 we have been receiving 13% derivaton and we also heading NDDC yet the money allocated for our development has been squandered and stolen by our leaders in connivance with other elites around Nigeria.

      • Bayo

        Ojukwu was a shameless and ugly coward.

        • Otile

          Shame on you awon omo Odua. This article is about the Gambia not Biafra. Why do Yorubas get panic attack when they hear the name Great Biafra? If it were not for your cowardice Oduduwa Republic would be flying their good flag in Ile Ife today.

    • thisnigeria

      Ask your leaders like Ibori what they have done with your money if you can/want to know why you are under developed.

  • Freedom Bini

    That Country should never be invaded. The Gambia should be allowed to resolve her internal problem.

    • CeeCee1818

      Gambia needs help removing the outvoted dictator, no one is invading the country.

    • TTT news centre

      WHERE I STANDPresident Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

      “Let me make very clear, we are ready to defend this country
      against any aggression. If Ecowas did not back down the impasse will
      continue with the risk of escalation into a military confrontation. What
      we are simply and rightfully asking for is to return to the polls and
      allow the Gambians to elect who they want to be their president in a free and
      fair election. What is clearly incontrovertible is the decision of ECOWAS to
      implement the results of the December 1st 2016 election results by whatever
      means possible.

      It is totally illegal as it violates the principle of non-interference in the
      internal affairs of member states, which is an entrenched clause in the
      Ecowas treaty. ‘It is in effect a declaration of war and an insult to our Constitution.
      It is therefore absolutely unacceptable. This blatant, partial and one-dimensional
      approach clearly indicates that the role of Ecowas is not predicated on the pursuit
      of justice in the resolution of this stalemate”.

      ……………President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

      (January 1st, 2017)

    • jon

      If Jameh Yaya refuses to hand over peacefully, force must be used and if captured, should be given Gbagbo treatment – to the Hagues to face crimes against humanity. These will serve as a deterrent to other African leaders.