By Ken Neba, Yaounde, Cameroon – Friday November 22, 2019.
As the deadline for the submission of papers for the February 9, 2019 parliamentary and municipal/council elections in the Central African country of Cameroon ends on Friday November 22, 2019, the Social Democratic Front, SDF party of John Fru Ndi has suffered a major setback in Batibo area of Momo Division in the North West Region.
This follows the decision by three prominent party members to pull out from next year’s local government polls. In a letter of November 20, 2019 sent to the SDF District Chair for Batibo, Barrister Akum Henry A. said he did not want his name to be included in the list of SDF councilorship candidates.
The Barrister did not give any reason for his decision. A photostat copy of the letter, which National Telegraph obtained, shows that it was duly received by the Batibo SDF District Chair, Werewum Maurice Mbah, on November 21, 2019.
In a similar move, former SDF Mayor, Tenoh Lawrence Ndangoh, from Tiben-Batibo Constituency sent an undated letter – copies of which National Telegraph also procured – to the local party chair, regional chair and SDF National Chairman, John Fru Ndi.
Ndangoh justified his withdrawal from the forthcoming councilorship elections because of what he described as the “prevailing political insecurity in the North West and South West Regions; militarization, extrajudicial killings, burning of homes and villages, illegal detentions, extortion and the inability of the Paul Biya regime to end the ongoing armed conflict in the two English-speaking regions.”
Ndangoh wrote that after consulting with his people whom he has represented as councillor since 1987, he had decided to say “No!” to the “one-man show of undemocratic investiture by SDF National Chairman of candidates for the municipal elections of February 9, 2019.”
In another release on Wednesday November 20, 2019, Mbah Eric Mbah, a fervid SDF militant still in Batibo withdrew from the list to run for the upcoming elections. These three militants seemed to have followed the footstep of a sitting parliamentarian, Hon. Dr. Awudu Mbaya Cyprian.
In a public statement early this week, the MP said; “It is a privilege and a singular honour for me to come before you to make a public statement about my position on the up-coming Legislative Election that has been called to take place on the 09th of February 2020.
Ever since the Electoral College was convened, many of you; my constituents and many other Cameroonians of goodwill at home and abroad have called me and sought to know my position as to whether I, Hon. Dr. AWUDU MBAYA CYPRIAN, shall seek re-election as M.P. for Donga-Mantung Centre or not.
I should have normally been making this public declaration from the Nkambe grandstand from where I have always been addressing you. Unfortunately, the current civil war in the region does not permit me to be there physically with you. Reason why I am reaching you through the media.
I have since been observing the situation on the ground in the North West region; particularly Donga-Mantung division in general and my constituency, in particular. I have had deep reflections with my conscience 3 and my family and friends, as well as with many of you, my noble constituents.
I have also prayed for God Almighty to guide me in taking my decision, which I believe the time has come for me to share with you who have bestowed confidence on me by electing me four (04) times consecutively in 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2013; to represent you in the National Assembly of Cameroon,” parts of the MP’s state read, in which he concluded by declaring he wouldn’t run, citing insecurity.