Former President John Dramani Mahama is in Banjul, Gambia, together with the ECOWAS Mediator in the political situation in The Gambia, Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, for talks with President Yahya Jammeh.
President Mahama who is the Co-Mediator left Accra Friday morning, and is expected to be joined by Liberia’s Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and officials of the UN, AU and ECOWAS. The Gambia, following elections last year, is expected to inaugurate a new president on January 19, but President Jammeh who lost and earlier accepted the results of the elections has now rejected the results.
The mediators are hoping to strike a deal with President Jammeh to accept the results and pave way for the January 19 inauguration of the new President.
Meanwhile, the winner of December’s presidential election Adama Barrow says there is no need for President Yahya Jammeh to seek asylum and he is confident direct talks can solve the crisis.
Adama Barrow earlier told the BBC he was confident he would be sworn in next week despite his rival’s refusal to give up power.