“For Mr. Jammeh, the end is here and under no circumstances can he continue to be president” The Special Representative of the U.N , Secretary General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel is quoted by Reuters.

By January 18th, “his mandate is up and he will be required to hand over to Mr. Barrow” says Mr. Chambers.  The former Head of ECOWAS warned that Mr. Jammeh faces “strong sanctions,”

Speaking to a French radio station a couple of days ago,  Marcel de Souza, the current head of the regional body went a step further by warning that military intervention in The Gambia “is possible.” He said the international community preferred option in resolving the stalemate is diplomacy but “draconian’ measures will also be on the table.

The noose is tightening around Jammeh’s neck as more and more national and international voices are coalescing around president-elect Adama Barrow who is viewed as to have won the presidential elections in what was considered to have been conducted under free, fair and credible circumstances. President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation is the latest to join the avalanche of public support for the newly elected president of The Gambia.

We continue to counsel Yaya Jammeh to come to his sense by conceding defeat and paving the way for a smooth transition  to a new administration under the leadership of Adama Barrow.  We hope Jammeh comes to his senses to avoid inflicting further harm to The Gambia and its citizens.