Gambia’s Chief Justice has postponed President Yahya Jammeh’s election dispute hearing to May due to the absence of judges.
The hearing is likely to take place in May when five foreign judges of the seven-member panel from Nigeria and Sierra-Leone are expected to sit, the Chief Justice, Nigerian-born Emmanuel Fagbele said.
“You will recall that our justices are usually scheduled to sit in your Supreme Court in the months of May and November. Based on this long established understanding, our court sitting schedule is usually drawn up with the consideration of this assignment,” a portion of a letter believed to be from the acting Nigerian Chief Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen read.
The chamber of the Supreme Court was packed with Jammeh’s supporters while others flooded the premises with placards in support of their leader who has refused to transfer power.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will lead an ECOWAS delegation to The Gambia on Wednesday, January 11 as part of efforts aimed at resolving the political impasse in the country.
ECOWAS, which has pledged to use mediation in resolving the crisis contrary to an earlier position of force, reiterated its stance to resolve the impasse in conformity with the Gambian constitution and respect for the will of the people.
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