The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has called on leaders of the regional bloc of Economic Community of West African States, Ecowas, to take all necessary measures to stop defeated President of Gambia from plunging the country into anarchy with his volteface on the recently concluded elections.
“Democracy is fast taking deep roots in our beloved continent of Africa. The victory of the opposition in Nigeria last year, Gambia and Ghana recently and the acceptance of defeat by the incumbent presidents signals a new era in Africa,” he said in a statement.
“It is in this respect that Nigeria must lead efforts and where necessary, intervene to stop the outgoing Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, from reneging on his remarkable action in earlier accepting defeat.
There is no longer any place or space for tyranny and dictatorship on the African continent. The era of obtaining victory at elections by corrupting the process is gone and gone for good,” Dogara insisted.
The Speaker added that “the challenge before leaders in Africa is to take the people out of poverty which is a major threat to democracy and enthrone a just and prosperous society.”
He commended the people of Ghana for the just concluded Presidential and parliamentary elections.
Dogara, noted that the peaceful conduct of the election tells volumes as to the development of political culture of the Ghanian people.
The Speaker who commended President John Dramani Mahamma for conceding defeat, described him as a democrat and an African patriot.
“I also call on the President-elect Nana Akufor-Addo to rally all Ghanians around the new government since elections are over.”