Advocacy Group Urges Yahya Jammeh to Concede for Peace

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The Emancipation Movement of Liberia (EMOL) has called on Gambian incumbent President Yahya Jammeh to emulate his Ghanaian counterpart, John Mahama, by conceding defeat in the just ended Presidential elections in The Gambia.

EMOL is a non-profit civic and advocacy peace promoting organization registered in the United States and Liberia to work with local and international organizations helping to conduct civic and voter education in the ensuing general and presidential elections slated for October 2017.

EMOL will also continue its awareness and engagement campaigns after the elections to help create other empowerment opportunities in the 73 electoral districts of Liberia. In a statement sent to the Daily Observer signed by Executive Director Jarwinken Wiah, EMOL said results of the December 1, 2016

Presidential elections in The Gambia gave victory to Mr. Adama Barrow of the Opposition Coalition while the December 5, 2016 Presidential elections in Ghana gave victory to Nana Akufo Addo of the New Patriotic Party, defeating the incumbent President John Mahama.

EMOL said President Jammeh did the right thing in his initial reaction as a true patriot and nationalist by accepting defeat and congratulating Mr. Barrow as the official winner of the Gambian elections. President Jammeh, as a former peacekeeping soldier in the Liberian conflict, should do the right thing for the common good of his country and people and the entire West African sub region, EMOL’s statement said.

It added that a peaceful transfer of power after 22 years of rule will demonstrate President Jammeh’s true love for his country and the Gambian people. This will also boost his legacy for whatever good he might have done during his tenure.

EMOL said for Jammeh to accept the outcome of the elections is the beauty of democracy as this allows competing ideas to flourish in diversity.

Meanwhile, EMOL has extended congratulations to the President-elect of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo, and the incumbent President John Mahama for demonstrating once again to the region and the world that free and fair elections and peaceful transfer of power are doable in Africa.

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