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WABA did not ask any of its members to support Yahya Jammeh – Programme Director

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Obiageli WABA

The West African Bar Association (WABA) through its programme director,  Obiageli Oraka-Oifoghe, has dissociated itself from asking any of its members to defend former President of the Gambia, H. E. Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh when he lost the election in 2017 and was trying to hang on to power.

Madam Obiageli Oraka-Oifoghe made this known when she delivered a paper to the ECOWAS Parliament, at the plenary on the topic, “Unconstitutional Change of Government in West Africa and Implications for Human Rights of Citizens” as part of the Parliament’s programme on interactive session with its partners on the human rights situation in the sub-region, at the ongoing first Ordinary Session.

Obiageli Oraka-Oifoghe

According to her the incident which occurred in the Gambia was brought to their notice and can say on authority that those lawyers were imposters, and does not come from their fold and that they are very clear in their stands, when it comes to constitutional change.

“We have spoken about this issue, but since this is a bigger platform let me say we disassociate ourselves; we could not have engaged in such a conduct; it was a very big scandal, I am happy we are using this opportunity to clear the minds of our Gambian people, this did not come from us”.

Plenary and Members

Former Majority Leader of the Gambian Parliament, and leader of the Gambia delegation to the Community Parliament, Kebba K. Barrow wanted to know how WABA controls the movement and behaviour of its members; and recounted how some of its members in 2017 there was an impasse as a result of the Gambia Presidential election. Their former president lost and was hanging on, “ I do not know who sent them to the Gambia to say they were going to support the then President who lost an election and was contesting the result”.

These are serious things that need to be worked on in line with their principles, if the sub-region would move forward, he emphasised.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ecowasnews.com/Abuja-Nigeria

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