By Lawrence Enyoghasu with agency reports
After raising tension for about 12 hours, the Gambian longtime leader Yahya Jammeh was at press time yesterday, writing his departure statement. According to different social media and news agency reports. “Jammeh, will finally leave power for internationally-recognised Adama Barrow, after failing three deadlines,” a report stated.
The report further said, “almost two hours after the expiration of the third deadline, The Gambian officials were quoted as saying Mr. Jammeh was writing a statement where he accepts defeat.”Before now, Jammeh had defied three extension of deadlines he requested for and was given to him to leave power from midday until 4pm yesterday.
It was reported that the leaders of Guinea and Mauritania arrived in the capital, Banjul, in a last-ditch diplomatic effort to get him to cede power and had granted him his last wish.
However, it was reported that Jammeh’s intention was unclear as he has remained mute and cut off communication.
“It was not clear what he planned to do, though diplomats said his departure looked increasingly possible,” Reuters reported.