Gambia’s President, Jammeh Heads To Supreme Court, Headed By A Nigerian , Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh said he is ready to challenge the results of December 1 election at the Supreme Court, the ruling party said.
In a statement broadcast on state television late on Saturday, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) said it was preparing a petition “against the flawed decision of the Independent Elections Commission”.
The deadline for submitting a challenge to the court is Tuesday.
There is no sitting Supreme Court in Gambia, though there is currently a chief justice, who is Nigerian. In order to hear Mr. Jammeh’s complaint, legal experts believe at least four other judges must be hired.
Rights groups say Mr. Jammeh exerts strong influence over the court.
“Either you do what Jammeh wants you to, or you lose your job or even go to jail,” said Bubacarr Drammeh, a former state prosecutor who fled into exile in the United States earlier this year.