The brewing crisis in the Islamic Republic of Gambia is gradually shifting towards a dangerous cliff.
Following the defeat o incumbent president Yahya Jammeh by one if his former aides, Adama Barrow, the former refused to step aside.
In the aftermath of this, Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS member countries have resolved to attend the inauguration of the Gambian President-Elect, Adama Barrow.
His inauguration is slated for January 18, 2017, in conformity with the Gambian constitution.
This can only happen if Jammeh steps aside.
However, ECOWAS member states have said Jammeh must vacate office.
A communiqué presented at the end of the 50th Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government held in Abuja on Saturday, confirms this.
According to the document, the out-going President, Yahya Jammeh, must uphold the result of the December 1 presidential elections.
Jammeh must also must guarantee the safety and protection of the President-elect.
“The Authority calls on President Yahya Jammeh to accept the result of the polls.
“He must refrain from any action likely to compromise the transition and peaceful transfer of power to the President-Elect,’’ the communiqué added.
The Authority also appointed President Muhammadu Buhari as Chief Mediator in the transition process.
The body also appointed the Ghanaian president as a Co-Mediator in the Gambian political impasse.