Outgoing president John Dramani Mahama has set off for Abuja today to join fellow Heads of States for an ECOWAS summit which is targeted at convincing defeated Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to relinquish the seat of government.

The three-day summit is purposely aimed at deliberating and convincing President Jammeh to leave power after losing out on elections in Gambia.

Yahya Jammeh who first clinched power through a coup has been president for 22 years and is now calling for another elections which will be conducted by a "God-fearing and independent electoral commission"

Four leaders from Anglophone countries have already tried their luck at convincing the defeated leader hence the need for the summit in Abuja.

Jammeh’s ruling party challenged his defeat in a December 1 election at the Supreme Court on Tuesday as West African leaders failed to reach a deal that would see him accept the result and end a deepening political crisis.

Soldiers also seized the headquarters of the national elections commission and sealed it off just hours before the mediation delegation representing regional bloc ECOWAS touched down in the tiny riverside nation.

This may be the last summit President Mahama is attending as he prepares to handover power to President-elect,Nana Akufo-Addo on January 7,2017.

Meanwhile, President John Dramani Mahama is preparing to officially hand over the reins of power to Ghana's president-elect Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo.