The leader of the Opposition Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), Mama Kandeh has reiterated his call a peaceful transfer of power to President-elect Adama Barrow by outgoing President Yahya Jammeh.

Kandeh who was Presidential candidate of the GDC in the December Presidential election that showed Yahya Jammeh lost to Adama Barrow insisted at a press conference on Friday at the Baobab Hotel that his party’s position on the political impasse remain same.

“The position of GDC does not change. We have accepted the defeat. We call for peaceful transfer of power,” Kandeh said.

He called on both parties – the outgoing and incoming, to open line of communication to ensure a smooth transfer of power. He said his party is ready to sit on the negotiation table adding that they would continue to facilitate for peaceful solution.


“How can we resolve our problem without talking? The Gambia is bigger than all of us. We are not supporting any military intervention,” he said.

Hon. Kandeh reiterated his call on all political parties to come together to resolve the political impasse.

“We are not in war, it is a political problem which can be resolve peacefully. I’m calling on all to sit on the negotiating table. There is no time to waste. Let us come together as Gambians” he said.

The GDC leader further called on political parties and supporters to open a new page for the Gambia. He expressed concern about the rumors of people buying cutlasses on standby for any fight in the country saying the matter is getting serious.

Meanwhile, Kandeh declined to comment on the APRC election petition filed at the Supreme Court, but pointed that the Outgoing President Jammeh has no powers to annul the results or calling for fresh election and should accept defeat and handover power peacefully.