President Yahya Jammeh lost his bid to continue to govern the Gambia last year. He had conceded defeat and later reneged his decision.
Jammeh’s political party took the matter to the Supreme Court to decide on the case.
Well, Gambia’s Supreme Court said that it cannot rule for several months on Jammeh’s challenge.
The apex court said she lacked the stipulated number of judges to make a ruling on the matter.
The country relies on judges from other West African countries like Nigeria to run its judiciary.
This is due to lack of trained and professional judges in the country.
“We can only hear this matter when we have a full bench of the Supreme Court,” Emmanuel Fagbenle said.
Fagbenle is a Nigerian Judge that works for the Gambian Supreme court.
The Nigerian judge said the extra judges needed to hear the case were not available.
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Jammeh lodged a legal case last month aimed at annulling the December 1 election result and triggering new elections.
Fagbenle added that he would prefer the country to resolve its political deadlock through the mediation underway.
The group of West African leaders is attempting to persuade Jammeh to respect the constitution and step aside.
“This is why alternative dispute resolution is important,” he said.
“We are now only left with the ECOWAS mediation initiative and the inter-party committee set up by the government to resolve the dispute,” he said.
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The leaders from the ECOWAS regional grouping is led by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group will be meeting with Jammeh for the second time since the election tomorrow.
By ECOWAS deadline, Jammeh has up till 19 January to quit office to allow the swearing in of Adama Barrow on 20 January, as the new leader.