Yesterday, the APRC announced on GRTS, its intention to file a petition inn court to challenge the result of the December 1st Presidential election.
In that statement the APRC stated that the previous statement by the outgoing President was a prelude to the proposed court action.
President- Elect Adama Barrow and the Coalition hereby unequivocally reject the implied notion that President Yahya Jammeh misspoke or made a mistake in his statement.
President Jammeh’s intentions were crystal clear. There was no ambiguity in what he said. He rejected the results of the election and declared them null and void. He also announced that new election be held under the auspices of a new IEC.
We therefore dismiss the attempt to legitimize the illegal action of the outgoing President an even the idea that this actions are capable of being legitimised.
Any petition filed in court will be a further demonstration that the outgoing President and his Party have no respect or regard for the Gambian People, are bent on ignoring their aspiration, an on undermining the transition process.
The Gambian people should know that there is no Supreme Court at this point in The Gambia and that there has not been one for one year.
We do not recognize that the outgoing President has the constitutional authority, in the last days of his Presidency, to appoint any Supreme Court judge in The Gambia for the purpose of receiving his petition.
We reiterate the call of the international community, in particular and United Nations Security Council, ECOWAS and the AU, and demand that outgoing President Jammeh immediately steep down and handover power.
We also call on the APRC to prevail on their Secretary General, the outgoing President, to respect the outcome of the election and to refrain from any futile attempt to further subvert the Gambian people’s yearning for true democracy.
The APRC must also immediately stop inciting division and spreading false rumours about non-existence partisan and tribal violence.
Written By Lawyer Mai Fatty