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CPDM crumples under threats from gunmen, bans public campaign rallies in NW

Threats from pro-independence fighters in the North West Region of Cameroon, has forced Cameroon’s ruling party, the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) to call-off public campaign rallies in the Region.

The decision filtered out to the public, following a meeting of the party’s top brass in the Region, during which, they examined the realities on the ground and resolved to succumb to threats from ‘Amba fighters,’ who have been campaigning against the Region’s participation in the October 7 Presidential election in Cameroon.

CPDM bigwigs in Bamenda

The three days chaired by the CPDM Northwest Regional Coordinator, Prime Minister, Philemon Yang was attended by external and internal Northwest CPDM elites, including CPDM Divisional Coordinators and Section Presidents.

It was holding at the backdrop of scaring reports of surging cases of abductions in the Region by unknown persons claiming to be Amba fighters.

One of the recent cases that was still very fresh in the minds of the Northwest CPDM elite was the kidnapping of Mbonifor, the CPDM Section President of Mezam 1V (Bafut).

A source at the August 18 gathering said after evaluating the deteriorating security situation in the Region as well as the warnings and threats by Amba fighters and activists against the holding of the October 7 Presidential election, the Northwest CPDM officials and elite agreed that it will be too risky for them to organise public rallies during the Presidential election campaigns.

They expressed fear that militants, especially the elite, could be shot at or kidnapped by Amba fighters.

The CPDM party barons in the Region in trying to find a way round the threats, resolved to rather resort to carrying out door to door campaigns, as well as use the social media to reach out to potential voters in the Region.

The Prime Minister, who is said to have been frightened by threats reportedly warned members of his entourage not to wander out of the gate of the heavily guarded Ayaba Hotel, throughout their stay in Bamenda.

He said if any person moves out of the gate and is kidnapped, he will not pay any ransom for the person’s release.

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