Gambia: House of Rep considers granting Jammeh asylum in Nigeria

Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia

Yahya Jammeh of Gambia has rejected the poll results and as proceeded to the Supreme Court

On Thursday, the House of Representatives will debate a motion, which will determine if Gambian President Yahaya Jammeh will be granted asylum in Nigeria.

The move is part of efforts to broker peace and ensure transition in the West African country.

The motion is being sponsored by Rep Mohammed Sani Zorro (APC, Jigawa). It was supposed to be taken yesterday, but was postponed.

Zorro said Nigeria should consider the option if it will lead to Jammeh relinquishing power to Barrow.

Deal of the day

When Speaker Yakubu Dogara put the motion to a voice vote, the majority of the lawmakers shouted ‘nay,’ but the speaker ruled in favour.

Jammeh is refusing to step down, despite initially conceding defeat to Adama Barrow in last month’s presidential polls.

This week, he asked a high-level ECOWAS delegation to move their visit from Wednesday to Friday.