The National Chairman of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement(CPDM) Paul Biya and his son, Frank Biya, showed up at a grandiose rally at the Yayah Dahirou Stadium in Maroua, Far North Region of Cameroon, Saturday, September 29, without putting on the ruling party’s fabric.
Except for the President’s wife, who showed up at the occasion in full CPDM regalia, Paul Biya and son Frank appeared dressed in suits.
Since the formation of the party in March 1985 in Bamenda, it has been rare to see the President clad in his party’s regalia at campaign rallies or during other party functions.
At the Maroua campaign rally, other regime lackeys and high profile militants of the party wore the latest design of the campaign fabric.
From the Speaker of the National Assembly, Honourable Cavaye Yeguie Djibril to Members of Parliament(MPs) General Managers of State Corporations and Cabinet Ministers, everyone was clad in the fabric of the President’s own party.
Even allied party leaders such as Bello Bouba Maigari, National Chairman of the National Union for Democracy and Progress(NUDP), Issa Tchiroma Bakari, Chairman of the National Salvation Front(NSF) among others abandoned their own party cloth in favour of that of the CDPM.
While thousands of supporters cheered the President, he maintained his composure and mounted the platform in suit. Dressed in typical British attire, the President sent home his message. Unlike other opposition parties wherein sometimes candidates dress to fit the setting, Biya has seldom surprised the Northerners even to dress in their traditional wear.
Saturday’s outing to the Far North, Region was about the fifth strategic political outing in Biya’s 36 years in power. He launched campaigns here in 1992, 1997, 2004, 2011 and this 2018.