Unconfirmed reports said that as tension continued to mount, the wife and children of the outgoing Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh allegedly abandoned him and have equally fled the country’s capital of Banjul on the eve of the deadline given Jammeh by the ECOWAS and the African Union to step down.
The Senegalese Government gave Jammeh till midnight of 18th January, 2017 to vacate presidency seat or he would be ousted militarily. This order was backed by both the ECOWAS bloc and the UN.
However, many hours after the elapse of the deadline, Jammeh has stayed put, undeterred by the mounting troops from the West african bloc at the Gambian border who are ready to militarily oust him from power.
Meanwhile, both Jammeh’s vice, The Gambia’s Vice President, Isatou Njie Saidy has also abandoned him after quitting her position in Jammeh’s government amid rising political tensions as Yahya Jammeh refuses to step down as president despite losing a December election.
Barrow’s inauguration is due to take place soon at the Gambian embassy in Dakar, Senegal