THE WHITE HOUSE
Mr. Rahm Emanuel, October 5, 2009
Chief of Staff,
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
RE: URGENT ACTION FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA RE: GABON
Dear Mr. Emmanuel:
This urgent letter of appeal is written to you, both to call your attention to a growing problem in the west African nation of Gabon, and to seek a personal, brief meeting with you and any appropriate staff to assist you in any way possible. Our organization, Coalition for African Progress (CAP), is a non-profit group based in Raleigh, North Carolina, which is desperately attempting to bring stability, justice and democracy through free and fair elections, to Gabon and other African nations.
In an earlier telephone conversation with your staff and that of the US Secretary of State desk officers concerning west Africa, I discussed the urgent need for the President to forcefully address the growing problems originating from the disputed Presidential elections in Gabon nearly one month ago. Many objective citizens and observers have evidence and firmly believe that this election to fill the vacancy left by Omar Bongo was miscounted and inaccurately reported. In short, the election was a fraud that falsely claimed Mr. Bongo’s son, Ali, as the prospective winner and next President. Now, there is enough public and outside concern to demand a new election and an accurate counting of the ballots. Please note the attached letter from Andre Mba Obame, the candidate who received the most number of votes but who was not pronounced the winner.
We are also contacting Ms. Connie Rice, the US Special Ambassador to the United Nations, to protest this damaging development.
We trust that you will convince President Obama to join in urging support for any of the four individuals below who came in the highest in the voting.
1. Mr. Andre Mba Obame
2. Mr. Mauro Nguema
3. Mr. Pierre Mambaidou
4. Mr. Zachary Myboto
You may contact me or my co-founder in CAP, Mr. Guy Biwagou at the numbers and addresses below to confirm our plans to visit and our request for President Obama’s action.
Mr. Guy Biwagou, CAP Chairperson
cc: Hon. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Hon. Connie Rice, US Special Ambassador to the United Nations
Senator Richard Lugar, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Ms. Lisa N. Korte, US State Department, Desk Officer, Gabon