Facts have emerged on the real reasons Yahya Jammeh, the ousted Gambian president, agreed to step down and go into exile after an initial resistance.
Adama Barrow, the newly-inaugurated president of The Gambia, had won last year's election in the country and Jammeh had declared it free and fair, only for him to make a u-turn and refuse to leave office.
Efforts by ECOWAS to persuade the ex-president to leave his post proved futile as he insisted on remaining in power as he declared that the election that removed him from the seat of power was inappropriate.
But member countries gathered troops in a bid to forcefully eject Jammeh from office just as Barrow was inaugurated in neighbouring Senegal.
Jammeh would eventually step down and go into exile after certain agreements had been made with ECOWAS, AU and the UN.
As obtained by Sahara Reporters, here is a list of the things agreed on by the former president and the three bodies involved before finally stepping down and going into exile.
1. ECOWAS declared that they would halt any military operations in The Gambia for the sub-regional body to continue the pursuit of the peaceful and political resolution of the crisis.
2. ECOWAS, the AU, and the UN, in the deal, made a commitment to work with the new Gambian government to pave the way for Jammeh's return to the country at any time he chooses in line with international human rights legislations and his right as a Gambian citizen and former president.
3. The three bodies also promised to ensure that countries that elect to host Jammeh and his family during the temporary exile period are not made to endure harassment, intimidation, sanctions and sundry pressures.
4. The new Gambian government was urged to provide assurance that supporters and members of Jammeh's government are not subjects of intimidation or harassment.
5. According to the details of the deal, the international bodies also made a commitment to work with the new government to prevent the seizure of assets and properties lawfully acquired by Jammeh, his family, cabinet members, government officials and supporters of his political party
6. The ousted dictator was equally assured by ECOWAS, the AU, and the UN that the government of his successor would enact legislations inimical to the treatment of himself, his family and supporters with dignity.