Buhari, other West African leaders meet Gambian President-elect Barrow


President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, met with the Gambia President-elect, Adama Barrow, on the second day of their mediation to persuade outgoing President of the country, Yahya Jammeh, to accept the result of December 1 election.

Mr. Jammeh, who had earlier accepted defeat and publicly congratulated Mr. Barrow, did an about-face few days later announcing that he rejected result. He vowed to conduct fresh elections.

His decision not to accept the result has drawn condemnation worldwide including from the UN, ECOWAS, and the U.S.

Mr. Buhari and Presidents Ernest Koroma, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and John Mahama of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana respectively led an ECOWAS delegation to visit Mr. Jammeh on Tuesday.

Earlier on Wednesday the Nigerian President tweeted a couple of pictures of the delegation meeting with Mr. Barrow.

“The mediation continues. After our meeting with President Jammeh we met with President-Elect Adama Barrow,” he wrote.

The leaders are not expected to reveal the details of the of the mediation until all talks are concluded. However, observers believe apart from asking Mr. Jammeh to leave office, the West African leaders are also trying to save him and his loyalists from prosecution after leaving office.

Despite the visit of the West African leaders, Mr. Jammeh’s party has filed a suit challenging Mr. Barrow’s victory in court.

Back in Nigeria, the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, who is one of Mr. Buhari’s most outspoken critics, has described as an aberration, the president’s involvement in the mediation to persuade Mr. Jammeh to relinquish power.

Mr. Fayose, in a statement, said Mr. Buhari lacked the “moral rights to preach obedience to democratic principles to anyone.”

In the statement released by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said Mr. Buhari is moving Nigeria into a one party state.

He said instead of Mr. Buhari, African leaders like former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, and Mr. Mahama were better placed to persuade the Gambian sit-tight leader.

“How can Buhari, who has destroyed the legacy of free, fair and credible elections that was handed over to him, be the one to prevail on someone else to adhere to democratic principles,” the controversial Ekiti governor said.


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  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    The Ekiti gubernatorial fraud of an election that brought Fayose back to State House is still unraveling. What in the world is behind this guy’s impetuousness?

    • Yemi

      What else can u expect frm a governor whom 2.9b naira been frozen by effc,you don’t expect him to hav any love President Buhari .eni a na lara n ta

    • Osakue

      Fayose knows soon he will be a guest in kirikiri just a matter of time immunity is not for ever

  • Patrick

    I am astonished at Premium Times always giving Fayose prominence in all he says.This is same man accused of manipulating his own election.He also record of beating up to high court judge. Yet he is taunted as a critic of PMB.
    There are 36 Governors in Nigeria.
    In other climes,news media will draw attention of the critics their shortcoming to balance their reportage.

    • Julius

      Unbelievable, ain’t it ?..and people are still yapping that Buhari is intolerant. If he is, he ain’t doing nothing to this dog named Fayose. When you say something like he is saying when the president is out of the country representing us, its unquestionable. This dog need to be put put away.

    • sab

      Buhari dismantled democratically elected President in 1983 yet he later contested for Presidency and won. Is it not same as Fayose? The past should belong to the past. Nigerians should see things objectively as they are not on the prism of sentiment.

  • jon

    Fayose the more you blab the more we love our president and we know he is doing good job

  • Noble

    Was Fayose an area boy? I really need to look up his biography so that I can adjudge what he was and and prohetise what he would be. This is a man that if Buhari says Nigeria is in Africa, he would say no, it is in Europe.

  • Curseless

    How can Fayose’s verbal diarrhea be given any serious thought? This man is an imbecile, a crook and mentally disturbed character who spend his days panicking over what will come his way once the immunity is over. He should face the mountain of task facing him in Ekiti instead of wanting to be heard everyday for no good reason.

    • Buhari d daft cow.

      My guy I like u so much because all u said it just buhari d imbecile d man with a brain cell of a cow.

  • Paschal Charles

    Earlier on Wednesday the Nigerian President tweeted a couple of pictures of the delegation meeting with Mr. Barrow!!! Can this man without certificate actually tweet … OR someone ?

  • Akangbe A.

    Oloribuku ni awon moderators to wa ni bi sa. O..g,..u..n lomaa pa gbogbo ati awon to ran wan si mi

  • Akangbe A.

    Eje yin ti wa lori ogun

  • Akasco

    Whatsoever we do today becomes history tomorrow. Fayose I pray that either of your children or grand children should not pay for what you are doing today to your elders and more in particularly the President Federal Republic of Nigeria. Pls change.