President John Mahama, has been appointed as Co-Chair of the ECOWAS Mediation team in The Gambia.
He will work closely with Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, who will serve as the media.
The Heads of State and Government announced the appointment at the 50th Ordinary Session of the Authority in Abuja, Nigeria.
Colleague Heads of State also paid tribute to President Mahama, for his show of statesmanship in conceding defeat in the December 7, polls and subsequently congratulating the President -elect Nana Akufo-Addo.
About thirteen Heads of State were represented at the summit called at the instance of ECOWAS Chairperson Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
The 50th Session congratulated the President of Cape Verde Jorge Fonseca on his re-election for a second term and also Ghana’s President -elect Nana Akufo-Addo.
ECOWAS Chairperson Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who also led The ECOWAS election observer team to Ghana commended President Mahama, for demonstrating statesmanship by accepting the outcome of the elections.
On the political situation in The Gambia, the summit expressed worry at the decision of President Yahya Jammeh, to reject the election results.
The Authority called on Yahya Jammeh, to refrain from any acts that might impede peaceful transfer of power. President John Mahama, has been appointed co-chair of The Gambia mediation team.
President John Mahama, who delivered a farewell address to his colleague Heads of State as he prepares to hand over power on January 7, next year received thunderous applause.
Even though he has no immediate plans, President Mahama, hopes to take a deserved rest after about three years of rigorous work.
A sixty point communique issued at the end of the summit scheduled the next ECOWAS summit in Liberia in May, 2017.