Prominent Gambian filmmaker and intellectual Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu of Jimara in the Upper River Region has added his voice to the chorus of critics concerned about the defiant stance of outgoing President Yahya Jammeh whose volte-face has left the country into an ongoing political impasse. Sankanu urged the ‘defeated incumbent’ to respect the will of the people and leave office in dignity.
Jammeh initially accepted Adama Barrow’s win following the Dec.1, but made a dramatic U-turn in rejecting the election results a week later. A move that prompted the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) to file a petition in court and push for a new vote.
Re-echoing Gambia polls verdict, Sankanu said: “The voice of the people is the voice of God as we are taught and the voice of the Gambian people on the on Dec.1, 2016 was clear: Yahya Jammeh, you are fired!”
Sankanu rubbished the argument that the APRC’s petition might constitute a possible obstacle for the inauguration of President-elect Barrow to go ahead. The outspoken Gambian intellectual made it clear that the petition filed by Yahya Jammeh’s Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) should not stop the inauguration of President Adama Barrow on January 19, 2017.
He then took the opportunity to revisit the circumstances surrounding the inauguration of the Gambian leader in 18 January 2011 in an attempt to draw a parallel.
“Jammeh set a legal precedent when he went ahead with his own
inauguration without waiting for the outcome of the appeal of opposition leader Ousainou Darboe that was before the Supreme Court,” he recalled.
We must not forget, he continued, that our regional bloc ECOWAS refused to observe that election as the condition for free and fair voting were not available. “It is therefore ironical and hypocritical that Jammeh would threaten regional peace simply because he is beaten by the election system he created.”
The tiny West African nation is faced with an unprecedented political crisis. While the incumbent Yahya Jammeh said only Allah can deny him victory, President-elect Adama Barrow has vowed to assume office come January 19, 2017. The coming days will help elucidate what appears to be an enigmatic political puzzle…
Written by Abdoulie JOHN