(JollofNews) – Members of the Nigeria’s House of Representatives will today consider a motion whether to grant asylum to President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia.
The motion which was introduced under matters of urgent public importance by Sani Zoro, member for Jigawa State and former national president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, will give President Jammeh a chance to go to the west African state and rest.
It will also allow Mr Jammeh to live safely while he is out of office without the risk of prosecution.
Mr Jammeh, 51, who has ruled the Gambia for 22 years last month suffered a surprised election defeat.
The election was called in favour of opposition candidate Adama Barrow who won more than 45% of the vote according to the country’s electoral commission.
Mr Jammeh had initially conceded defeat and praised the country’s electoral system as rigged proof. He changed his mind a week later and declared the results null and void citing huge and unacceptable mistakes by the electoral commission.
He later filed a suit at the supreme court asking judges to determine that Adama Barrow was not duly elected or returned as president, and that the said election was void.
But the court is unable to hold a hearing until May – as most of the judges come from neighbouring countries – and Mr Jammeh has said he is going nowhere until then.
Nigeria’s President Muhammudu Buhari, is the chief regional mediator and is due in the Gambia tomorrow.