Security Analyst, Dr. Kwesi Anning believes President John Mahama’s concession of defeat in the country’s election puts him in a strong position to ensure the desired resolution to the current political crisis in The Gambia.
President Mahama, together with some other ECOWAS Heads of state, will be in the Gambian capital of Banjul today [Tuesday] to help find a solution to the political deadlock in the country.
Gambia’s President, Yahya Jammeh was defeated in the country’s general election by opposition leader Adama Barrow on December 2.
But he came out on December 9 to annul the election results and demand a re-run, thereby going back on his earlier concession.
President Jammeh’s rejection of the election results came a few hours after President Mahama had conceded defeat in the 2016 general election to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo.
In a Citi News interview, Dr. Anning indicated that President Mahama’s ability to hold himself up as an example of gracious defeat and evidence of a fulfilling life after a presidency could be key to resolving the deadlock.
“There is a complexity of issues involved here, but the trump card for ECOWAS right now is President John Mahama instead of sending an expeditionary force,” he stated.
We should have seen this coming
The security analyst also suggested that various analyst in the sub-region should have seen this situation coming.
“Yahyeh Jammeh hardly ever tells the truth or remains consistent and I think it is the failure of the of our analysts and intelligence services that thought Jammeh would not change his mind.”
By: Delali Adogla-Bessa/citifmonline.com/Ghana