SDF Convention: Old hands too strong to unseat



Ni John Fru Ndi and a majority of the National Executive Council (NEC) members have been re-elected into office for another 4 year mandate at the 8th ordinary elective congress of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) that held in Bamenda from October 12 to 14, 2012.

Ni John Fru Ndi claimed 87% of the 1431 votes cast, while incumbent first Vice, Joshua Osih saw off a spirited challenge from Fopoussi Evariste to maintain his position. Just like Tchatchouang Paul the 2nd National Vice President, Sonkin Etienne and Atekwana Akonji Joseph the treasurer general and his vice respectively were also returned to office. Communication secretary Beatrice Annembom Monju and her first vice Elimbi lobe Albel consolidated their posts once more. Yoyo Mohmbakah Emmanuel was retained as the national Financial Secretary as well as all the legal advisers.

Ni john Fru Ndi ran unopposed but needed at least 51% of the votes to confirm his position. This was the same for the post of the treasurer general, the communication secretary and the financial secretary amongst others.

Two women made their triumphant entry into the party’s presidency with Mahop Scholastique from the centre region as 3rd national vice and Hourie Ibrahima from the North as 5th National Vice chairlady of the party. Both ladies punched above their weight beating favourites Maikano Abdulahi and kamerun Paul in that order.

The results for the post of the Organizing Secretary were withheld to be recounted by the new NEC following a tense contest between Asapngu Ferdinand and Vanigansen Mochiggle. Counting of votes for these candidates were interrupted on several occasion as supporters traded counter accusations of cheating and fraud.

Dr. Mrs. Elizabeth Tamanjong was re-appointed as the party’s scribe by the newly elected party chair.

In his acceptance speech, Ni John Fru Ndi called on all party militants that lost or won in the polls to put differences aside and work for the common good of the SDF. He urged his militants to massively register in the ongoing biometric registration process for upcoming elections.

By Abongwa Fozo