Biya’s 35th Ann: Cameroonians to Put All Eggs in Biya’s Basket

 Northwest Governor accompanied by the SDO Mezam and D.O Bda II at  Bamenda Congress Hall

Militants of the Cameroon People Democratic Movement, CPDM  have been told to rally their family friends and camroonians to “put all their eggs in Mr. Biya’s basket” as he remains the surest bet for the future. This was during celebrations to mark his 35th anniversary at the helm of the supreme magistracy. From Mezam 1A to Mezam 1C, section presidents and leaders of the party recounted the achievements of president Biya in power after 35 years which included amongst others, peace and stability, proliferation of schools and political parties, construction of major highways and projects like the Bamenda-Ekok, Kumba Mamfe Roads, the Douala – Yaounde Highway, the Lom Panga, and Memvele hydro plants, the Kribi Deep Sea Port, the opening of eight state universities including the Bamenda University, the eminent construction of a  hydropower plants on the Menchum and Kasina Alla, the tarring of the Bamenda – Babajou Road and the coming of the African Cup of Nations to Cameroon after the women AFCON in 2016.

Atanga Nji Paul Minister Delegate at the presidency in-charge of Special Duties, who also doubles as the Divisional Coordinator of the CPDM for Mezam. Told militants of the party in Mezam 1A and B that only Mr. Biya can safely lead Cameroon to the next level. Drawing inspiration from the Book of Romans 13:1-7, he condemned those who rose against the authority of the state on September 22 and October 1, saying the Bibles calls on us to respect all state authority because they are put in place by God. He urged all to rally behind president in the up coming election.

Atanga Nji -likened revolt against the state to rebellion against God

Atanga Nji-Paul Biya is the People's choice

In Bamendankwe as was the case in Nkwen and in Bamenda II, the message was reiterated that Cameroon “remains one and Indivisible” and a strong call for parents and guardians to sent their children to school and desist from the ghost town that is crippling economic activity.  

Vincent Nji Ndumu, Government Delegate to the Bamenda City Council at the Bamenda I Council Hall used the event to paint a bleak picture of civil strife drawing inspiration from the Nigerian Civil War and President Buhari’s comments on October 1, 2017 who called on Nigerian leaders who lived the war to warn the youths from going down that same part. He concluded that Cameroonians should be proud to be living in peace and should thank the head of state Paul Biya for championing peace in the past 35 years. He announced that soon, the roads of Bamenda would all be tarred. “What do you want?” he questioned the militants before tasking the Council and section executives and the councilors and sub section presidents to carry out their duties and they would be able to retain the Bamenda I council after the nest elections.

Similar messages were echoed by Anye Cletus Matoya, Section President Mezam 1B at the Bamenda Congress Hall. He challenged his militants to defeat fear and confront the situation head on for the Head of State is by their side. He encourage them to go about with their daily activities and to entrust their future into the hands of Mr. Biya who has  a solution to their problems.

Cameroon remains one and Indivisible

CPDM militants at Mezam IB

Nganteh Ngoh Martin, Section president for Mezam 1C on his part described the head of state as a great provider, who open the doors to multipartism, great development and economic advance, one with an open ear and that the Anglophone crisis has come to galvanized the CPDM ahead of the upcoming elections.

Nganteh Martin (Mezam 1C Section President)

The Minister delegate was accompanied at the Anniversary celebration by the Governor of the Northwest region Adolp Lele Lafrique and the SDO for Mezam Songa Pierre.

Mr. Biya’s rise to power started in 1967 when he returned home from France. He was appointed Director of Civil Cabinet at the Presidency in December 1967 by then President Ahmadou AHIDJO. In August 1968, he propelled him to Minister Secretary-General at the Presidency, and then Minister of State Secretary-General at the Presidency. In June 1975, he made Paul BIYA his Prime Minister and at the same time promulgates Law No. 79/02 of 29 June 1979, which makes the Prime Minister Paul BIYA his constitutional successor. Returning from a medical visit to Paris, President Ahmadou AHIDJO convenes Paul BIYA in his residence on November 3, 1982 and informs him at 10:15 that he will be his successor in 24 hours, paving the way for him to officially raise to the office of president on November 6th 1982 at the age of 48 years.


By Abongwa Fozo in Bamenda

Source: Bamenda online

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