The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is widely known as an unpredictable political figure, and true to his reputation, the Gambian leader last week dropped a bombshell, which left Gambians dumbfounded. Only a week after making a shock concession after a defeat by Adama Barrow in the presidential poll, Jammeh who has been in office for 22 years has declared that he will launch a legal challenge to contest his defeat. Last week Jammeh congratulated Barrow on his “clear victory”, and pledged to oversee a smooth transition. The concession was widely applauded and hailed as a monumental step, which could bode well for democracy, and inspire other African leaders to respect the wishes of the electorate. Jammeh’s about-turn has been widely condemned, seen as an attempt to subvert the will of Gambian citizens and to cling on to power.