“African Leaders Have No Right To Tell Me To Step Down” – Gambian Dictator Yahya Jammeh


December 22, 2016 – African Leaders Have No Right To Tell Me To Step Down” – Gambian Dictator Yahya Jammeh Calls For New Election

The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has hit out at regional mediators urging him to step down, saying he will not be intimidated.

President Jammeh had earlier conceded defeat in the election, after a 22-year-rule, but recanted a week later, asking for fresh polls to be conducted by a “god-fearing and independent electoral commission.”

His decision not to accept the result has drawn condemnation worldwide including from the UN, ECOWAS, and the U.S.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and Presidents Ernest Koroma, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and John Mahama of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana respectively led an ECOWAS delegation to visit Mr. Jammeh last week Tuesday.

The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, had called on him to honour his initial pledge to accept electoral defeat.

The leaders are not expected to reveal the details of the of the mediation until all talks are concluded. However, observers believe apart from asking Mr. Jammeh to leave office, the West African leaders are also trying to save him and his loyalists from prosecution after leaving office.

ECOWAS had said military intervention might be a possibility if diplomatic efforts failed to persuade Mr. Jammeh to leave office.

Mr. Jammeh has launched a court action to annul the vote after the electoral commission changed some results.

In a 45-minute speech at the African Bar Association on Tuesday night, Mr. Jammeh defended his position, saying West African leaders had violated the ECOWAS principle of non-interference.

“Who are they to tell me to leave my country?” he said during his televised speech.

“I will not be intimidated by any power in this world. I want to make sure justice is done.

“I’m a man of peace, but I cannot also be a coward. I am a man of peace but that does not also mean that I will not defend myself and defend my country and defend my country courageously, patriotically and win.”

The BBC’s Umaru Fofana in Gambia’s capital, Banjul, says it was Mr. Jammeh’s first public reaction to last week’s intervention by ECOWAS leaders. The Gambian leader used the opportunity to reiterate his call for fresh elections as the only way to resolve the impasse.

Some analysts have suggested that reports that Mr. Jammeh could face prosecution were behind his refusal to leave office

Human rights groups have accused the Gambian leader of committing serious abuses against opponents during his 22-year rule.

The Gambia has not had a smooth transfer of power since independence from Britain in 1965.

[Premium Times]

10 thoughts on ““African Leaders Have No Right To Tell Me To Step Down” – Gambian Dictator Yahya Jammeh

  1. British must know what’s behind his refusal as they are good in exploitation…they always leave bad shit behind in any country they colonize…when it then hit the fan,everyone will be feeling it while they will be laughing.

    They will soon eliminate him and confiscate all those money he bank in western countries and convert it to their use, African low animals.

  2. Time will tell. where is Saddam Hussein. , Mammar Gaddafi, Laurent Gbagbo and Samuel Doe. Mobutu Saseko ? Your Cup is full …….Ariyo ko Empty Barrel. No be black man? I dey laugh

    • WELDON@AKALA! A MAN ONCE SAID that “If the lessons of history teach us anything, it is that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us.”

  3. But some people sometimes make some stupid and inflammatory statements, I feel Mr. Yaya should not be blame so much, its only a tree that will hear of its destruction but remains there, I don’t see why somebody should open his mouth and said that Mr. Yaya should be prosecuted and he should not be allow to leave his farm, what a false statement is that, person who has ruled a country for 22 years and by special grace of God he accepted defeat, why not give him a waiver of anything he might have committed, to allow the peace to rain the country, instead you said that you will prosecute him and jailed him, what do you expect?
    Just as it is in Nigerian here where people I thought should be ambassadors of peace sometimes come out and make some killing statements, recently, people a calling for investigation into Governor Wike statements but they forget that the chairman of APC and other elder statesmen, a governor, came out openly in Rivers state rerun and said that IF THE SLAP YOU SLAP THEM BACK,IF THEY SHOT YOU SHOT THEM BACK, why not investigate that statement, is it only wike statement that they will investigate, Nigerians we should not be giving one sided judgments.

  4. This man is just a psychopath. He is drunk with power. I don’t think he remembered what happened to President Gbagbo of Cote D’voire recently and Charles Taylor. You will rot in hell or die when ECOMOG invade your tiny country. Idiot!

  5. What is it about Aftican leaders that whenever their time is up, it’s always a problem?. The rule of thumb is when your time expire as a public office holder, you have no choice than to get out and let the new person takes over. This Yahya Jammeh boy is the most foolish president I have ever seen. After conceded to the free and fair election, you turn around to change your view by coming to National TV to dispute the election again. Is that your definition of democracy? That showed right there your level of incompetency to lead.

    How come you didn’t do it the first day?. Some of your associate were deceiving you to hold tight to the power until you die right? Oh boy could you just relinquish power peacefully because you’ve already become laughing stock around the world. Yahya, that position is not a family inheritance. Why is it that most of Aftican leaders always get more intoxicated with power until they were being removed by force or killed?.

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