Gambia’s Vice President and military abandons President Yahya Jammeh as tension rises

From left: Presidents Muhammadu Buhari (Nigeria), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia), Yahya Jammeh (Gambia), Ernest Bai Koroma (Sierra Leone) and John Dramani Mahama (Ghana) at a meeting between UN/AU/ECOWAS Joint Mission team with the Gambian president in Banjul yesterday, over his refusal to accept the country’s presidential election result Read more at

Gambia’s Vice President, Isatou Njie Saidy, has abandoned President Yahya Jammeh as tension rises in the country.

The Nigerian military force had already deployed troops, fighter jets and other military equipments to Dakar, Senegal ahead of the invasion of Gambia.

Saidy who had been the vice president of the country since 1997 reportedly fled the country today.

Gambia’s Vice President, Isatou Njie Saidy

Gambia’s Vice President, Isatou Njie Saidy

Earlier today, we reported that President Yahya Jammeh’s lawyer, and Gambia’s Chief of Defence had abandoned him, noting that he will not resist the ECOWAS force if they invade Gambia to forcefully remove Jammeh. It is now very clear that he is alone.

“We are not going to involve ourselves militarily. This is a political dispute,” Chief of Defence Staff Ousman Badjie said

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“I am not going to involve my soldiers in a stupid fight. I love my men,” he added

The Gambian Chief of Defence Staff, Ousman Badjie

The Gambian Chief of Defence Staff, Ousman Badjie

The United Nations Security Council would vote later today on endorsing a West African military intervention to forcefully remove Jammeh from power.

Also, the Gambian Navy led by Rear Admiral Sarjo Fofana, have also abandoned Jammeh while pledging to pass allegiance to Adama Barrow after swearing-in

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