Yaoundé (National Times)- Social Democratic Front (SDF) National Chairman, Ni John Fru Ndi, says the advent of tribal politics as pictured within the context of the October 7 Presidential elections is a dangerous precedence for the future of Cameroon.
Fru Ndi made the observation at the close of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held in Yaoude on Saturday, November 3 in a chat with reporters.
According to the ace politician, the unfolding of tribal politics as seen in the Presidential election of this year is dangerous for the nation. He took delight in the rise of young and new faces in the political game but regretted that such came with the ugly upsurge of politics linked to tribal lines.
Fru Ndi averred that politics should be focused on the ideology and proposition of those seeking for public offices and not on tribal lines.
The man who shares in the glory of the return of multiparty politics in Cameroon in the early 1990s said the SDF went into the elections under difficult circumstances.
He stated that the party’s traditional fiefs of the North West and South West Regions were buried in insecurity.
Despite the challenges, the party Chairman congratulated the party’s officials, its Presidential candidate, Joshau Osih Nambangi, and his campaign team for the efforts put in the last election.
He saluted the efforts of the party’s lawyers in terms of their spirited submissions before the Constitutional Council during the post-election litigations process.
He took delight in the manner of Osih’s submissions before the Constitutional Council. Fru Ndi said looking at the maturity which Osih demonstrated during his submissions, it was clear that, Osih is someone who can become the President of the Republic.
Despite the depressing performance, Fru Ndi, said, the party looks forward to the future with renewed enthusiasm.
He said the party has gone through difficult times more than what it is experiencing and survived.
To Fru Ndi, the SDF remains focus on its agenda. He averred that, “the battle continues”.
Saturday’s NEC meeting came within the context of a historic poor performance for the party in any Presidential race. Candidate Joshua Osih Nambangi came 4th among the 8th candidates who participated in the election.
In an interview after the NEC meeting, Osih took the blame for the party’s difficulties in the Presidential election. He sounded confident that the party was looking forward to future elections through renewed strategy.
Before the meeting, calls had surfaced within and without the nation asking Osih to resign from the position of the party’s First Vice National President.