Cameroon’s President, Paul Biya has announced that he will be seeking another mandate to stand as Cameroon’s President, in the recently announced October 7 presidential election.
Biya who has ruled Cameroon for over three decades, announced his intentions to run for the 2018 presidential elections, via twitter, saying that the calls for him to seek another mandate have been overwhelming, coming from both home and abroad.
“Dear compatriots in Cameroon and the diaspora, aware of the challenges we must take up together, to ensure a more united, stable and prosperous Cameroon, I am willing to respond positively to your overwhelming calls. I will stand as your candidate in the upcoming presidential election.” Biya tweeted.
President Biya who has ruled Cameroon since 1982, is currently one of the longest serving African presidents. When he took over from the then President, Amadou Ahidjo, he promised rigour and moralisation in the public service, but his regime has been mired in corruption scandals and other ills plaguing the public service in Cameroon, making the line between his party, the Cameroon Peoples’ Democratic Movement, CPDM, and the administration very blurred.
Recently, his regimes handling of the Anglophone problem that has degenerated into a crisis and an armed conflict, has cost him a toll in his image at the international scene. Biya’s regime has also received a plethora of accusations on gross human right violations as well as crimes against humanity, but his spokesman, Issa Tchiroma has often dismissed all allegations as fake news.