Ambassador Kwesi Quartey, the secretary to former President Mahama has called on ECOWAS leaders to urge former president Rawlings to convince the ousted Gambian president Yahya Jammeh to step down.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Citi FM, he said, "I am told that one of President Jammeh’s admirers is President Rawlings. President Rawlings has a lot of moral authority and I think ECOWAS should do well to tap into his standard of moral authority and probably use him to talk Yahyeh Jammeh out of his lack of democratic behavior because President Rawlings has such moral authority in Africa; it is unbelievable and they can use it."
In December 2016, Mr. Jammeh lost the general elections to Adama Barrow, and had initially conceded defeat. However, he later refused to accept the results claiming irregularities and has since refused to step down.
President Barrow had to be sworn in as President of Gambia in the Gambian Embassy in Senegal, as security forces from the UN, ECOWAS and neighboring countries have moved in to The Gambia to take down the former president if necessary.
The latest updates report that he asked for the deadline to be extended to 4 pm today, but has already passed.
Further remarking on the issue, Ambassador Quartey siad in his interview that, "I believe ECOWAS is on sure ground; but I think just the threat of the use of force will not make Yahya Jammeh yield to pressure. Yahya Jammeh sounds like a rebel; but at the root of it all, he knows his survival is at stake if he is able to yield power gracefully, he could even be the leader of opposition with the possibility of coming back to power and thereby entrenching democracy in The Gambia.”