The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has urged the Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, and his supporters to respect the outcome of the presidential election and shun violence.
Ki-moon, in a statement on Sunday by the National Information Officer, UN Information Centre, Oluseyi Soremekun, stated that he was amazed by Jammeh’s rejection of the outcome of the December 1 poll won by the opposition candidate, Adama Barrow.
Jammeh, who had initially conceded defeat, made a U-turn on Friday, calling for a fresh election. He had stayed in power for 22 years.
The UN Secretary-General urged the President to respect the outcome of the election and explore legal means to resolve grievances arising from the conduct of the election.
“The Secretary-General is dismayed by the statement by President Yahya Jammeh rejecting the outcome of the December 1 presidential election.
“The Secretary-General calls on President Jammeh and all political actors and their supporters to fully respect the outcome of the election and to resolve all disputes that may arise from the electoral process through established legal procedures in an expeditious and transparent manner,” the statement read
The statement added that Ki-moon reiterated his call for a peaceful, timely and orderly transfer of power to the President-elect in fulfillment of the Gambians’ will expressed through the election.
“The Secretary-General urges all stakeholders, including defence and security forces, to refrain from any statements or actions that may lead to violence or unrest,” it added. (Punchng.com)