Stop Jameh, Dogara urges Buhari, ECOWAS leaders
Speaker of Nigeria House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rally his counterparts from the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), to stop the defeated outgoing Gambian President, Yahya Jameh from derailing democracy in his country.
This is just as President Buhari has congratulated the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo, on his historic win in the December 7 Ghana presidential election.
Jameh, who lost The Gambia’s election to the opposition presidential candidate of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Adama Barrow, rejected the outcome of the poll after initially accepting defeat.
But in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, Dogara noted that: “Nigeria must lead efforts and where necessary, intervene to stop the outgoing Gambian President, Yahya Jameh, from reneging on his remarkable action in earlier accepting defeat.”
The Speaker maintained that ECOWAS leaders should, “take all necessary measures to stop defeated President of The Gambia from plunging the country into anarchy with his volte face on the recently concluded elections.”
In his congratulatory message, contained in a statement signed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, yesterday, President Buhari rejoiced with the Government and people of Ghana, for the decorum, maturity and peaceful conduct of the election that produced a winner from an opposition party, who was contesting for the third time.