John Fru Ndi  Bows Out Of 2018 Presidential Race

President Paul Biya and Fru Ndi shake hands

Ni John Fru Ndi, SDF National Chairman would not be a candidate for the 2018 presidential Election in Cameroon. Mr. Fru Ndi made the announcement on February 21, 2018 while opening the party’s 9th Elective National Convention at the Bamenda Congress Hall.

Ni John Fru Ndi said he had “decided to leave the fight to the younger generation” The Chairman challenged who ever will pick the party’s candidacy to carry its aspiration into the battle. He advocated for the putting in place of a Federal System of Government as a solution to the current Anglophone crisis and said he could never succumb to the threats of the secessionists.

Ni John Fru Ndi has been the SDF’s candidate in the 1992, 1997, 2004 and 2011 presidential elections in which he came second to Mr. Biya. This time, at 76, Ni john Fru Ndi has departed from a Cameroon political tradition where the old cling on to power at all cost. Though he would certainly be voted into office as the Party Chairman, the decision will challenge his life time rival, Paul Biya who at 85 is still planning to run for another seven years mandate.

Prepared to take the relay baton are three members of parliament; the Hon. Joshua Osih, 49 and MP for Wouri Central, First Vice National President of the SDF and the first Anglophone to win a parliamentary seat in Douala, the Hon. Joseph Mbah Ndam 63, MP for Momo South and one of the Vice Presidents of the National Assembly and the Hon. Fobi Nchinda, 61, MP for Bamenda-Bali Constituency and former member of the Finance Committee of the National Assembly.

Close to 1500 delegates from the 10 regions of the country are taking part in the convention which runs still Saturday, February 24. The Convention is holding under tight security due to the ongoing Anglophone crisis in the Northwest and Southwest regions. The initial venue was changed from the Big Mankon Catholic and Ntamulung Halls to the Bamenda Congress Hall. Secessionists announced a ghost town that has been holding partially in an attempt to disrupt the event.

Northwest Governor, Lele Lafrique Adophe attended the opening ceremony.  Also present were the representative of the U.S Ambassador to Cameroon, the representative of the Herbert Friedrich Foundation in Cameroon, Titus Edzoa, former Minister of Public Health and a member f the ruling CPDM party.

By Abongwa Fozo

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