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Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has warned against military action in the Gambia following that country’s presidential election, saying such action could threaten the security of the entire sub-region.

The warning is in a statement issued by the Senate deputy president’s Special Adviser on Media, Mr Uche Anichukwu on Tuesday in Abuja.

Ekweremadu said such action could plunge the country into bloodletting and threaten the peace of the sub-region.

The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh lost to Mr Adama Barrow in the Dec. 1, 2016 presidential election but insisted that he would not handover power on Jan. 18. Nigeria’s deputy president of the Senate then urged the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, as well as the international community to explore dialogue and to allow Gambian laws to prevail as a sovereign nation.

Ekweremadu, who is a former Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Parliament), also called for sanctions, in line with the traditions and relevant Protocols of ECOWAS.

According to him, sanctions should be considered in the event that dialogue and judicial options fail. He added that “from Liberia to Sierra Leone, Cote D’Ivoire, among others, West Africa has seen so much bloodletting and political instability.

“Heavy destruction of lives and property has been visited on the sub-region by insurgency and terrorism, which remain present danger to the peace and security of West Africa.

“Instructively, what normally started like child’s play often resulted in protracted, but avoidable political upheavals and fratricidal wars.”

The deputy president of the senate urged major stakeholders, particularly the ECOWAS of Heads of State and Government, to tread with caution. He called for respect of the laws of the country, which allowed for judicial intervention in electoral disputes.

“We must all acknowledge the fact that Gambia is a sovereign state.

“If her Constitution and electoral laws allow for judicial role in resolving electoral disputes, then the Gambian constitutional courts must be allowed to count in resolving the political impasse.

“ If the Gambian laws are preempted and her sovereignty breached, it could set a bad and crisis-triggering precedence.

“The sub-region must uphold the rule of law for the sake of the peace, stability and prosperity of Gambia.

“We must take all necessary steps as a sub-region to steer the West African nation and indeed the entire community away from any looming bloodshed and monumental destruction,’’ he said.

However, Ekweremadu commended ECOWAS Heads of State and Government for the concern and commitment toward resolving the political situation in Gambia. He further commended the efforts made by President Muhammadu Buhari to resolve the political situation in that country. He urged Gambian authorities to ensure the protection of the fundamental and political rights of all Gambians and the opposition, to avoid escalation of the crisis.

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  1. He has said nothing, Jameh or whatever name he is being called must go

  2. Ike, what have you said? Absolutely nothing.

  3. Ike, you advised well, but, it'll be a bad precedence for an election looser to dare the whole West Africa Community. If military were not placed on standby, there'll be chaos at the time the present government will hand over to it's successor. Albeit,Yahya jameh has vowed not to leave the government.

  4. This fellow must be the most ridiculous comedian in Africa.

    Is he pretending that he has not been hearing all that has been going on since last year in the Gambia. Where has this fellow been since all these months. Has he been living in the Moon or something.

    What exactly are these PDP fellows smoking or drinking anyway?

    This fellow must be an incredible mediocre. Does he not know that he ought to have made all Legislative advice and support available to the ECOWAS in order to ensure that every legal means is used to root out a fellow that refuses to leave after losing an election.

    We should not be surprised of this fellow's outburst and ill-advised utterances. It is highly possible that Jammeh has already wired some Ghana-Must-Go loads of US Dollars to this fellow's secret DOM Account. It is also highly possible that PDP and their cohorts must have benefited a lot from the misrule of Jammeh at the expense of responsible leadership in the Gambia.

    This fellow is indeed an enemy of democracy and progressive leadership.


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