Jammeh is trying to cling to power

(JollofNews) – Muslim and Christian leaders in The Gambia are due to meet President Yahya Jammeh on Thursday to help diffuse political tension in the small West African nation.

The meeting is organised by Mr Jammeh at State House  and expected to be graced by imams, pastors and other influential figures in the country.

Tension is currently high in The Gambia after Mr Jammeh refused to accept the outcome of the December 1st election, which was declared in favour of Adama Barrow of the opposition coalition.

Mr Jammeh had initially conceded defeat and praised the country’s electoral system as rigged proof. But a week later, he changed his mind and called the results null and void accusing the electoral commission of committing huge and un acceptable mistakes.

The opposition have rejected calls for fresh elections and have accused Mr Jammeh of violating the constitution and threatening the peace of the country.

They urged him to handover power at the end of term in mid-January.

And as the standoff continues, religious leaders who have always sided with Mr Jammeh and have campaigned for him during the election had remained tight lipped.

Mr Jammeh was seen as the financial backer of religious organisations and has over the donated thousands of Dalasis to the Gambia’s Islamic and Christian councils.