The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo has congratulated the Gambian President-elect, Adama Barrow, on his hard-fought victory.
A statement issued in Accra yesterday, stated that, “through the peaceful exercise of their sovereign and democratic right to elect their own leaders, the people of Gambia have opened a new chapter in their history, and have moved to strengthen the frontiers of their democracy”.
“This is the first time, in 22 years that a sitting president has been rejected at the polls. It has reinforced the democratic notion that the people have the power to change governments through peaceful means.”
The statement added: “President Yahaya Jammeh is to be commended for graciously conceding defeat, thereby lying to rest any lingering suspicion and anxiety about the fate of Gambia in the aftermath of the elections.”
“It is my hope and expectation that the President-elect’s tenure in office will be marked by the delivery of progress and prosperity to the Gambian people in conditions of freedom and the rule of law.”