Former President John Mahama has left Accra for Nigeria [Abuja] to help mediate in a post-election impasse between incumbent Yahya Jammeh and President-elect.
Mahama together with other West African leaders had earlier met President Yahya Jammeh who lost to hand over to his successor.
After conceding defeat, Jammeh declared he no longer accepted the results of the December 1 vote, upending hopes for a peaceful political transition after his 22 years in power.
President Mahama was part of a delegation headed by the chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Liberian leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Sierra Leonian President Ernest Bai Koroma to visit Yahya Jammeh in the Gambia.
President Nana Akufo-Addo is reported to have conveyed the message to Mr. Mahama in a telephone conversation on Sunday.
ECOWAS earlier in a statement said “by virtue of this decision, the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) is hereby deployed to the Republic of the Gambia.”
“The ECOWAS Standy Force as deployed in paragraph 1 of this article shall be led by Senegal in the execution of its mandate. [Also] Upholding the results of the presidential election of 1st December 2016 in the Republic of the Gambia.”
Jammeh, who came to power in 1994 as a 29-year-old army officer following a military coup, had won four previous polls. Barrow received 263,515 votes while Jammeh won 212,099, Alieu Momarr Njai, the electoral commission head, said in the capital Banjul.