UTG Staff Association condemns Jammeh’s rejection of election results

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The University of The Gambia Faculty and Staff Association (UTGFSA) has expressed its absolute condemnation of outgoing President Jammeh’s rejection of the legitimate will of the sovereign people of The Gambia.

In a press release signed and read by Malang Fanneh, UTGFSA Secretary General, yesterday at the UTG Faculty of Law complex, the association said they believe that power belongs to the people of The Gambia who have expressed their will through a free, fair and credible election.

Therefore, he added, any attempt to overturn and derail the expressed will of Gambians will tantamount to jeopardizing the peace, security and welfare of Gambians.

The association called on the outgoing president to unconditionally reverse his current position and peacefully hand over power to President-Elect Adama Barrow.

“On the 1st December 2016, the Gambian people went to the polls to decide the destiny of their country for the next five years. On the 2nd December 2016, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced the election results and declared Adama Barrow of the Independent Coalition as the duly elected President of our dear motherland,” the association recalled.

“All the contesting candidates accepted the outcome of the elections. The outgoing President called to congratulate President-Elect Barrow and publicly conceded defeat,” they added.

The whole country and international community applauded outgoing President Jammeh for respecting the decision of the Gambian people and the will of Almighty Allah, SG Fanneh stated, adding that barely a week later, 9th December 2016, outgoing President Jammeh decided to change his mind and totally rejected the outcome of the results and even called for fresh elections.