GDC will never challenge Dec 1 election results, says Mamma Kandeh

Mamma Kandeh, leader of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), has said the GDC would never challenge the December 1 Presidential election results.

He made this remark on Friday at a press conference held at the Baobab Hotel and Resort.

Kandeh added that “the position of the Gambia Democratic Congress does not change”, because they were defeated by the president-elect, Adama Barrow, and are, therefore, not going to challenge the results of the December 1 presidential election, after accepting defeat.

He said the GDC has a very important role to play in the current political impasse The Gambia is facing

“We want to emphasise clearly that the problem we are facing can be resolved peacefully, as we are not encouraging any form of violence or military intervention within or outside of the country because our situation can be solved on the table,” he emphasised.

He said what is happening is that The Gambia has a constitution which he believes every Gambian respects, because the constitution is allowing Gambians to go to the polls every five years to select and vote for a candidate of their choice, and Gambians did just that by electing Adama Barrow as the president.

Therefore, he added, every Gambian respects what the constitution says, and that was why all of the three candidates for the December 1 Presidential election went to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to be nominated by fulfilling all the requirements the IEC requested for.

All this, he went on, is a form of exercising one’s rights as a citizen of a country, and the same constitution also stated that if the incumbent is defeated he should hand power within 60 days; that is why Adama Barrow was not sworn in immediately as the president, after winning the election.

He said both the Coalition and President Jammeh should respect the constitution.

Many a time, both President-elect Barrow and President Jammeh would talk of peace and unconditional love for Gambians, Kandeh continued.

“Let them open the line of communication and talk in a form of dialogue so that the problem will be solved within, because there is no given situation in the country Gambians cannot resolve.”

Kandeh added: “I’m calling on President Jammeh and President-elect Barrow, and including the GDC to come together and give a lending hand to amnesty and resolve our differences peacefully, on our own without foreign intervention.”

Author: Kaddijatou Jawo

Source: Picture: Mamma Kandeh

Source : thepoint

  1. Mr Khan AKA Unbiased Prince GB

    I knew it was coming but not this good.

    A leaked letter from The Attorney General Chambers, has confirmed that the five Nigerian judges who were recently appointed while due and are anticipated to sit over the APRC and their outgoing party leader ‘Yahya Jammeh’s election petition would no longer be traveling to Banjul as expected.

    The acting chief justice further informed Gambia’s Chief Justice Fangbele that, the dates of the court sittings in the Gambia are unfavourable to them as would greatly affect their case management. He therefore urged Fangbele to stick to the sittings for May and November as scheduled.

    The source at The AG Chambers has also confirmed to us that, the said letter had already been received by Justice Minister Mama Singhateh. But she has still not discussed its content with the outgoing dictator.

    Meanwhile, our sources had since added that the remaining Nigerian judges who have been handling cases at the lower courts have all left the country and headed back to Nigerian..The Chief Justice is said to be the only Nigerian judge left in the country and has not been punctual at work recently.

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  2. Mr Khan AKA Unbiased Prince GB

    By Alhagie Jobe
    Nigerian President Muhammadou Buhari who is also the chief mediator in Gambia’s political impasse will lead another delegation comprising three presidents to Banjul on Wednesday, January 11th,  in what ECOWAS called ‘a final effort at resolution’, Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has confirmed after the Nigeria meeting.
    The meeting hosted on Monday in Abuja by Nigerian President Buhari on the Gambia situation was attended by Senegal’s Macky Sall, Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Ghana’s former President John Mahama who is also a co-mediator and ECOWAS Commission President Marcel de Souza.
    In his twitter feed after the meeting, the Nigerian chief diplomat said the Gambia mediation meeting is now over adding President Buahri will lead a delegation to discuss with President Jammeh on Wednesday, January 11th, in a final effort of the resolution.
    “Leaders concerned about deteriorating Gambia situation especially closure of media organizations, arrests and looming refugee situation. The Gambia political crisis will be resolved in manner that conforms to the Constitution and respects the people’s will” Foreign Minister Onyeama said.
    The ECOWAS bloc said last month it would take all necessary steps to uphold the result of a December 1st election in The Gambia, where incumbent President Yahya Jammeh says he will not step down after losing to opposition coalition Adama Barrow.
    Jammeh initially accepted his loss in the December 1st election, but a week later changed his mind, saying the electoral commission had been biased by “foreign influences” and vowing to hang on despite regional and international condemnation. ECOWAS has since placed standby forces on alert in case Mr Jammeh attempts to stay in power after his mandate ends on January 19th.
    Mr Jammeh called the bloc’s stance “a declaration of war”, and said he will defend himself. He said ECOWAS has no right to interfere in Gambia’s internal affairs, and that Gambians should await the outcome of a legal challenge that his APRC party has lodged at the Supreme Court.
    Meanwhile, Mr Jammeh’s hopes at the Supreme Court has been dashed away as the five Nigerian judges who were recently appointed and expected to sit over his APRC party election petition are no longer traveling to Banjul as expected.
    A leak letter from the Nigerian acting Chief Justice Onnoghen sent to the Gambia’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice reveals that justices are usually scheduled to sit in Gambia’s Supreme Court in the months of May and November.
    “Based on this long established understanding, our court sitting schedule is usually drawn up with the consideration of this assignment. The dates of the court sittings in the Gambia are unfavorable and will greatly affect our case management” the letter from the acting Nigerian Chief Justice Onnoghen says.

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