Contrary to widespread media reports, Gambia’s president-elect, Adama Barrow, is hale and hearty.
CBN Television, Banjul had earlier reported that he was murdered by that unknown assailants who overpowered his security guards, leaving two dead and six others injured from gunshots.
However, a tweet from his official handle, @adama_barrow, said he’s alive and well. “We would like to inform you that the President-elect is alive and well. #Gambia”, it read.
His rumoured death is coming few days after he referred to the country’s constitution that a court action taken by supposed outgoing President Yahya Jammeh cannot prevent the winner of the poll from assuming office as mandated by the constitution.
Gambia’s president-elect Adama Barrow who vowed to take office on the 19th January despite the refusal of outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to give up power was reportedly killed by unknown assailants raising fears and pains across the continent.
President Yahya Jammeh, the ‘prime suspect’ has denied any involvement in the incident.
The alleged assassination of Mr. Barrow comes few days after he referred to the country’s constitution that a court action taken by Jammeh cannot prevent the winner of the poll from assuming office as mandated by the constitution.
He was responding to Jammeh, who said Saturday that a decision of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to send troops to ensure a peaceful transition of power was a “declaration of war” and called for a fresh poll.
“It should be crystal clear that filing an election petition is the private matter of a loser in an election. It does not prevent mandatory constitutional processes from taking place,” Barrow said.
ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations could only intervene if “the two presidents fail to do, with impeccable thoroughness, what the constitution of the republic demands,” he said.