The President-elect of Gambia, Adama Barrow, has debunked rumours making waves on social that he was assassinated.
Reports were rife online on Wednesday evening that the president-elect was assassinated by suspected loyalists of his rival and incumbent President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh.
Barrow’s media aides tweeted last night denouncing the rumour. A photo of Barrow with the UK and US Ambassadors to Gambia after a meeting was later shared to further proof the president-elect is alive.
Mr. Barrow polled 222,708 votes (43.3%) to emerge, winner of December 9 presidential elections, beating the incumbent president, Yahya Jammeh, who polled 208,487 (39.6%).
Jammeh, initially conceded to his opponent, but later made a U-turn vowing to stay on in office. He said he would challenge Adama’s victory in the country’s Supreme Court, insisting the election were riddled with irregularities.
He also claimed transposed numbers in tabulations, missing numbers, and other claims cast a doubt on the results of the election that Adama Barrow won.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari had led a West African, ECOWAS, delegate to Gambia asking Mr. Jammeh to step down.
Jammeh condemned the mediation by West African regional bloc, ECOWAS , asking him to step down.
He said: “I am not a coward. My right cannot be intimidated and violated. This is my position. Nobody can deprive me of that victory except the Almighty Allah,” Jammeh said.
Already the ECOWAS meeting was a formality. Before they came, they had already said Jammeh must step down. “I will not step down,” he added.
The Nigerian government on Wednesday said it still hoped to resolve the Gambian conflict peacefully.
However, Mr. Barrow has remained in Gambia to ensure he is sworn in as president on January 19.