NW FECAFOOT: Kaba Elected President

Northwest heavy weights prepare to battle [Atah Robert Mmissed out of the race between JB Ndeh and kaba]

Kaba Christopher, former Secretary General of the North West Bureau of Fecafoot has been elected as the new president by 17 to 14 votes, to replace his former mentor-John B. Ndeh, whose list was disqualified for failing to meet up with the required eight members. Mr. Kaba will head a delegation of 4 to take part in the national elections in Yaoundé.

Accepting his victory, Kaba Christopher said he is prepare to work with everybody and that he will draw from his rich experience as a sports and physical education instructor, a CAF B coach, a member of CAF standing Committee, a former assistant Secretary General, Secretary General and now president of FECAFOOT.

Mr. Kaba downplayed any discord between him and J.B Ndeh saying “I owe so much to minister John B Ndeh, he is not here, but I think I have to say he gave me the courage, he actually pushed me to where I am now and I think I also gave him credit for whatever thing has happened to me today”

He also promised to use his term in office to improve the infrastructure in the region, describing it as the main agenda of his bureau. “I think I am over 50 years and this stadium I met it when I grew … that is why we are trying to renew the blood in the system…  After winning the Cup of Cameroon twice, after having teams that come up in the first five teams of the Elite One, after two and now one in Elite two and 16 teams in the Regional Second Division league, we need to have a stadium” he said.

Kaba Christopher also promised to work with his opponents for the good of the game in the region, because as he put it “we are in a democracy”

But those who stood against him decried the manner in which the elections were conducted, accusing  Tabe Jonathan, the representative of the FECAFOOT’s Standardization Committee of being partisan.

Stanley Ndeh, president of Highland Rangers FC of Santa and representative of John B Ndeh said “Somebody cannot be sent to the Northwest region to come and follow elections in the name of Normalization, but the person comes and keep holding small meetings with factions of candidates who have to sit for elections in small corners around town. So we don’t know whether this man was sent to the northwest to come and organize elections on behalf of the Normalization Committee or to come and put a certain person on seat”

He also accuses Kaba of being a stooge of Tombi a- Roko and that he has no good intention towards Northwest football as a whole and is only being used as a ladder by Tombi A-Roko to step up to the ultimate job at FECAFOOT. He described Kaba as a sellout who has stabbed J.B Ndeh at the back.

For Dinga Joseph President of FC Bamenda, the elections was marred by several irregularities and he believes that the will be a rerun in the days ahead. He denied allegations that they had taken an oath of allegiance to J.B Ndeh at his Silver Spring Resort at Ngwatkan-Bali not to vote, but that they were day to enjoy and relax ahead of the polls.

 Initially scheduled for Monday September 14, the elections finally only held at Tuesday. A quorum could not be reached on Monday and on Tuesday, 31 of the 34 delegates voted. 17 voted for the list headed by Kaba Christopher while 14 voted against it.

Only one list was permitted to stand for the election after that of J.B Ndeh was rejected by the electoral Commission of FECAFOOT for lacking one name to make it complete.

According to J.B Ndeh’s camp, the Delegate for Ngoketunjia, Umaru Perdap decamped just before the final day to join Kaba Christopher’s camp, completely swinging the pendulum in his favour.

The elected list is comprised of Kaba Christopher as President, Fortibuh Hilary as First vice, Tabifor John as second vice president and Tafile Magerate as member. The president would appoint his Secretary General on a later date. A list of four delegates was designated to represent the North West in the National Election in Yaoundé and includes Kaba Christopher, Fortibuh Neba Hilary,  Taphily Magnus and Lialiam Kongnyuy Edward.

The election which was carried out behind closed doors was marked by a heavy security presence.

By Ndi Tsembom Elvis in Bamenda


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