Prince Ekosso Puts Weight Behind Akere Muna

The National President of the United Socialist Democratic Party (USDP) Prince Michael Ekosso Ngwese has joined the platform of civil society organizations and political parties to support the candidacy of Bar. Akere Muna to run for president in 2018.

Speaking in Bamenda Thursday, February 22, 2018 at a press briefing he held at the Admiralty Hotel-Up Station, Prince Ekosso said, joining the movement is due to the charisma of Bar. Akere Muna and squashed aside fears that the move could jeopardized his political career. He also tagged the move as a learning process that would help to build his political career.

He described Bar. Akere Muna as “someone who has the pedigree to be able to actually create a transition from this very harsh period of our country and to bring the country into a position where someone like me can be able to take over in the years ahead” He described Akere Muna as “the Cameroonian candidate” who cuts across Anglophone and Francophone backgrounds, carries a lot of experience in terms of leadership and has the required portfolio to lead the country.

Prince Ekosso said he had to concert with members of his party executive bureau to back the candidacy of Akere Muna in 2018 because he “stands as the rightful person to carry this country through this tumultuous moment” He denied fears that joining Akere Muna could jeopardized his political career, but rather would mould him up, prepare him better for future leadership. Prince Ekosso also said he is merely following the will of the Cameroonian people who have been clamouring for a unique candidate to stand against the incumbent. 

The USDP he said would not be running for senate but will be running for the parliamentary, council and presidential elections which are very key to political change in Cameroon. He called on Anglophone Cameroonians to massively register in the electoral list and vote in the upcoming elections to push Biya and the CPDM out of power.

Reacting to whether elections could hold in the Northwest and Southwest regions with the ongoing socio-political crisis, Prince Ekosso said the current problem hasn’t got anything to do with “living together” as some government officials want to make it sound, but that the problem in Cameroon is that of “good governance, that of leadership” The regime in power is a problem of Cameroon and a problem for the form os state not to change. The best way to solve the problem in these regions is elections, where the people come out to vote their will he added.

The USDP he continues stands on the platform of federalism. “Decentralization is not a form of the state…in fact decentralization is a form of distraction of the realities that people face on the ground” adding that with federalism it will make “you and I to feel that Cameroon belong to all of us” Prince Ekosso said with the current form of the state, “decision is being taken by one individual- by Mr. Paul Biya and if he dies it means that the country dies, so we one to create a situation that even if the president  dies the country can still  continue to function”

On why he did not join the SDF with a similar form of state, he added that he had discussion with the SDF but the outcome was not favourable to the USDP. But with Akere Muna, they came into an agreement that took into consideration the aspiration of Cameroonians and the interest of the USDP.

On which political party ticket would Akere Muna finally stand on, he said there are many political party that have joined the platform to support Akere Muna. When the right moment come, the political parties in the platform will unanimously put him forward as their candidate, a candidate for Cameroonian not answerable to any political party.

Prince Ekosso strongly refuted allegations that the USDP could be part of a system by government to weaken the opposition by authorizing and approving over 250 political parties in the country. As president of the USDP he said he had never militated in any political party and the USDP is made up of mostly youths that want to make a change.

Reacting to other issues, Prince Ekosso said the situation in Bamenda is very pre-occupying with lots of killing on both side going on and hope that the situation on the ground will return to normal very soon.

 

By Abongwa Fozo.