Out of the 8 challengers of President Paul Biya at the October 7, 2018, Presidential election, Garga Haman Adji and Adamu Ndam Njoya are the two old players.
The 74 years-old, Garga Haman and Adamu Ndam Njoya 76, are of the same generation. Both men served in the government of Ahidjo and Biya regimes.
Garga Haman was the Deputy Director of General Affairs at the Ministry of Finance from 1971-1972. Minister of Public Service and Supreme State Audit from 1990-1992. He resigned from government on August 27, 1992.
From 1992-1995, the President of Alliance for Democracy and Development, ADD, political party, Garga Haman was the first Director of the International Relation Institute of Cameroon, IRIC.
Adamu Ndam Njoya, National president of the Cameroon Democratic Union, CDU, political party, served as Vice Minister of External Relation. In 1975, he served as Minister of National education. In 1977, Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of State Inspection and Administrative reforms.
From 1980-1982 when he was dismissed from public service.
In the political domain, Garga Haman was imprisoned at the Kondenqui prison in Yaoundé for his alleged involvement in the April 6, 1984, coup attempt. He was later freed on grounds that there was no proof of his involvement of the coup.
Following the return of multipartism, the native of the Far North region, Garga Haman created the Alliance for Democratic Development, ADD, political party in 1991.
In 1991, Adamu Ndam Njoya from the West region created the Cameroon Democratic Union, CDU. At the first presidential election in the multiparty era in 1992, Adamu Ndam Njoya was one of the candidate while Garga Haman formed an alliance with Ni John Fru Ndi of the Social Democratic Front, SDF, political party. He was Fru Ndi’s political campaign manager.
Both political leaders were among those who boycotted the 1997 presidential election.
Since 2004, they have led their parties as flag bearers at different Presidential elections. Everything being equal, Garga Haman will be standing as a candidate for the third time and Adamu Ndam Njoya for the fourth time on October 7, 2018.