The Gambian Chief Justice, Emmanuel Fagbenle, has rejected an application by President Yahya Jammeh, seeking to stop the swearing in of the President-elect, Adama Barrow, on January 19.
Fagbenle, refused to rule on the issue, on the ground that he (Fagbenle) was a party to the injunction, which sought to stop him from swearing in Barrow.
Among other things, the ruling party, Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction, had called on Fagbenle to abstain from swearing Barrow on January 19.
It is yet unclear what will happen this Thursday, BBC reports Jameh, who lost in December 2016 election after 22 years in power, had declined to relinquish power despite intervention from African leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari.
Nigeria’s House of Representatives had approved a motion to grant asylum to Jammeh as long as he steps down when his term expires.
People have reportedly been leaving Gambia in droves for fear of an impending crisis in the country.
This is just as Barrow lost an eight-year-old son, Habibu Barrow, to a dog bite. Habibu reportedly died on the way to a hospital on Sunday in Manjai near the Gambian capital Banjul.
Barrow missed his son’s funeral as he was advised to remain in Senegal for his safety.