- President Buhari seeks smooth transition on Gambia
- The Nigerian leader expressed his gladness at the conduct of the contestants before, during and after the elections
President Muhammadu Buhari has once again congratulated Gambia president-elect Adama Barrrow on his electoral victory.
Buhari had earlier commended him on December 3, Saturday, after his success was announced.
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Femi Adesina, presidential media aide, in a press release issued on December 5 in Abuja said that two leaders had a conversation over the phone.
“In a telephone conversation with him this afternoon shortly before his trip to the International Forum on Peace and Security in Senegal, President Buhari expressed his gladness at the conduct of the contestants before, during and after the elections,” he said.
According to Adesina, President Buhari advised the president-elect Barrow to ensure that the transition process is also as smooth as the electoral process and carry everyone along in his task of taking the Gambia to a new level.
“The president also expressed his admiration at the existing rapport between the President-elect and other contestants especially the current president, who lost the election, stating that democracy, rule of law and respect for each other are fast taking roots in Africa and that Gambia has also become a role model for Africa and the world at large,” he added.
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Army Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh was installed into power in 1994, following corruption allegations against the Jawara regime and widespread discontent in the army, a largely bloodless and successful coup d’état.
Jammeh has been the President of Gambia for 22 years, he was seeking his fifth term until his defeat on 1 December 2016 by Adama Barrow in the presidential election.