The President-elect of The Gambia, Mr. Adama Barrow, has said that the defeated President of the country, Mr. Dauda Jammeh, will hand over to him on January 19.
He said there was no way the President would manipulate the judiciary to subvert the will of the people.
Barrow, therefore, said that the President must vacate office as stated in the country’s constitution on the stipulated date.
Barrow spoke with journalists in Abuja through two of his envoys.
The envoys were two elected members of the parliament.
They were Mr. Hamat Nik Bah of the National Reconciliation Party and Mr. Mai Ahmed Fatty of Gambia Moral Party.
They said that Barrow, though not a politician, was chosen by six opposition political parties and an independent presidential aspirant to confront Jammeh during the presidential election, which they said he won.
Jammeh, who has been ruling the tiny West African country for the past 22 years, had initially conceded defeat and congratulated Barrow before making a U-turn.
Apart from rejecting the outcome of the election, Jammeh also said he had annulled it.
He also filed a petition before the country’s Supreme Court, praying it to cancel the election and order a rerun.
The President said the rerun would be handled by those he described as credible electoral officers made up of men and women of integrity.