As ECOWAS forces cross into Gambia, Jemmeh begs to step down

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos with agency reports
The embattled former leader of The Gambia, Mr. Yahya Jammeh is currently begging diplomats that have arrived the tiny West African nation for an extension of time to vacate power.
The leadership of the regional group, ECOWAS had given him up till midday today to leave failure in which a full fledged military action would carried out to oust him from power.
Currently, the presidents of Guinea and Mauritania are already in Banjul, the capital of Gambia in what is termed a last ditch efforts to avert bloodshed in the country after the swearing in of Jammeh’s successor, Adama Barrow on Thursday.
According to diplomatic sources, “Jammeh has asked for an extension of a midday deadline for him to leave power until 4pm.”
This is coming just as the a regional military force that crossed the border in support of his democratically elected Barrow, was awaiting orders on Friday.
Marcel Alain de Souza, chairman of the west African union Ecowas, said the troops would force Jammeh out if he refused to leave the country after the noon deadline.
When the president of Mauritania arrived in the country on a final mediation mission on Wednesday night, Jammeh demanded that Barrow’s inauguration be delayed and that he be allowed to return to his farm in the Gambia, according to diplomatic sources.
The sources also said Jammeh asked that Ecowas, the regional body that has been leading negotiations for the past month, be replaced as a mediator.
However, it is highly unlikely that Jammeh will be allowed any of these concessions except a safe haven. One senior member of the coalition told the Guardian last month that Jammeh had “bunkers and treasure” at the farm and would start an insurgency if he were allowed to go back.

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