– Senator Ike Ekweremadu warns that a military action in Gambia could lead to political instability in that country
– The deputy Senate president calls on ECOWAS heads state of as well as the international community to explore dialogue and to allow Gambian laws to prevail as a sovereign nation
Senator Ike Ekweremadu has warned that a military action in Gambia, following that country’s presidential election, could plunge the country into bloodletting and threaten the peace of the sub-region.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the deputy Senate president gave the warning on Tuesday, December 3, in a statement issued by his special adviser on media, Uche Anichukwu.
Ekweremadu, who is a former speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, urged the ECOWAS heads of state as well as the international community to explore dialogue and to allow Gambian laws to prevail as a sovereign nation.
He called for sanctions to be considered in line with the traditions and relevant Protocols of ECOWAS in the event that dialogue and judicial options fail to resolve the Gambia crisis.
Ekweremadu said: “From Liberia to Sierra Leone, Cote D’Ivoire, among others, West Africa has seen so much bloodletting and political instability.
“Heavy destruction of lives and property has been visited on the sub-region by insurgency and terrorism, which remain present danger to the peace and security of West Africa.
“Instructively, what normally started like child’s play often resulted in protracted, but avoidable political upheavals and fratricidal wars.”
The deputy Senate president called for respect of the laws of the country, which allowed for judicial intervention in electoral disputes.
“We must all acknowledge the fact that Gambia is a sovereign state.
“If her Constitution and electoral laws allow for judicial role in resolving electoral disputes, then the Gambian constitutional courts must be allowed to count in resolving the political impasse,” he said.
Recall that the Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh lost to Mr Adama Barrow in the Dec. 1, 2016 presidential election but insisted that he would not handover power on January 18.
In a related development, the chairman of the Gambian electoral commission has fled the country following threats to his life, his nephew said on Tuesday.
Alieu Momar Njai had declared Adama Barrow the winner of the Dec. 1 presidential election, but President Yahya Jammeh has refused to relinquish power, challenging the election results in court.
Modou Njai told journalists that his .. had left the country because of the threats.
Author: Kess Ewubare