AFRICANS IN DIASPORA RALLY FOR DEMOCRACY GAMBIA IN DETROIT 12-31-16@12;00 NOON
December 29th,2016-The Africans in Diaspora, under the leadership of the United African Community Organization (UACO), in solidarity with the Gambian Association of Michigan under the leadership of Samba Johm, wish to invite the African Community to a peaceful demonstration in the city of Detroit Michigan ( USA) on Saturday December 31,2016 at 17316 West McNichols Rd. Detroit 48235 at 12: 00 pm . .
This demonstration is led by the Executive Director of UACO, Dr. Salewa Ola who was a former United Nations Consultant and a renowned activist who served as the Chairman of the powerful Nigeria Forum for Democracy (USA) in the 1990s which confronted then and late General Sanni Abacha and his military junta. Dr. Ola was held incommunicado in Nigeria by the military regime for been outspoken and critic of the military rule in Nigeria in 1993. He was later released from prison at the intervention of the United Nations.
This peaceful demonstration is in response to events in the Gambia after the December 1 election which was won by the Coalition and the current president, Yahya Jammeh conceded defeat to the president-elect, Adama Barrow. Barely a week after conceding defeat, President Jammeh rejected the results of the election and annulled them as well, citing irregularities in the counting of the votes. A recount by the Independent Electoral Commission still concluded that the Coalition under Adama Barrow, won the election. Following this incident, ECOWAS sent a delegation comprised of the Presidents of Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone who visited president Jammeh in the Gambia to convince him to honour the wishes of the Gambian electorate but to this day, he is defiant. According to the constitution of the Gambia, the new government should be inaugurated on January 19, 2017 and failure by President Jammeh to relinquish power on the said date, could lead to a military intervention by ECOWAS
The rally will be joined with other. African organizations in. U. S. A
Exiom. Africa organization will attract more thousands of. Africans in Diaspora and friends of. Democracy