President Buhari has landed in The Gambia where he is mediating a peace deal between President Yahya Jammeh and Adama Barrow.
The President is said to have gotten the backing of the House of Representatives to offer Jammeh Asylum, Bloomberg reports.
The plan aims at “Preventing violence which could engulf the region,” Abdulrazak Namdas, spokesman for the House of Rep., said.
The African Union has also vowed she will no longer recognize Jammeh as the legitimate president of Gambia after January 19th.
Jammeh is supposed to hand over the presidency to Adama Barrow on the same date.
AU said she will respect the last month’s elections which Jammeh lost to Barrow, stressing that that vote is “inviolable”.
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Au also urged Jammeh to refrain from any action that may undermine the process leading up to the swearing-in ceremony.
Yesterday, Jammeh’s lawyer filed an injunction in the Supreme Court seeking to prevent Barrow’s inauguration.
The petition came two days after the court failed to consider Jammeh’s previous suit which contested the election results.
Gambia’s Supreme Court hasn’t functioned since 2014.
An official spokesperson for Barrow, Halifah Sallah, said his principal is preparing for Jammeh’s handover.
“The status of an election petition should be regarded as a peripheral issue,” Sallah said.
He also urged authorities to allow four private radio stations that have been shut since January 1 to resume broadcasting.
Recall that Barrow garnered 263,515 of the votes in Dec. 1 election against 212,099 for the incumbent.
Jammeh has ruled Gambia since a coup in 1994.
He initially conceded defeat, only to make an about-turn a week later.
The Economic Community of West African States has threatened to use force if Jammeh doesn’t step down.