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Biya, 7 other Presidential Candidates fail to campaign in NW, SW

Cameroonians go to the polls Sunday, October 7, to choose a new President.

Within this context, the seven opposition candidates left in the race and the incumbent, Paul Biya have all failed to campaign in the Crisis-plagued North West and South West Regions.

Most of the candidates held strong to declarations that they were going to set foot and campaign on the streets of the Regions drowned in rising insecurity.

Two weeks on the campaign path, the record show the absence of all candidates in person on Anglophone soil.

Akere Tabeng Muna of the Popular Front for Development (PFD) party, who staged a campaign rally in Limbe has rather dropped out of the race.

But for him, the rest of the other candidates only procrastinated staging a rally in the North West and South West Region.

Supporters of incumbent Paul Biya are banking on the CPDM’s ability to stage successive campaign meetings across the two Regions.

This came at the cost of heightened military support.

Biya, who was highly awaited in Buea in the early days of this week of campaigns finally did not show up despite massive preparations made at the Independence Square in Buea.

Observers of Biya’s political antics hold that, the 85 years old called off the Buea trip at the last minute.

Candidate Garga Haman Adji of the Alliance for Democracy and Development(ADD) who promised visiting the Anglophone Regions at all cost last week failed to keep the promise.

Haman had criticised candidates who stayed mute on their campaign agenda for the two Regions.  Yet, he too ended up not visiting the Regions.

Social Democratic Front(SDF) Presidential flag bearer, Joshua Osih, whose party enjoys a huge following in the troubled Regions campaigned and will possibly round-off today without setting foot on Anglophone soil.

Maurice Kamto of the CRM party first planned to visit then reclined following threats. He is promising to visit the troubled Region first thing after the elections, if voted President.

Other candidates such as Cabral Libii of the Universe party, Adamu Ndam Njoya of the CDU, Franlkine Ndifor Afanwi of the Cameroon National Citizens’ Movement(CNCM) and Serge Espoir Matomba of the United People for Social Renovation (PURS) party had remained mute on the Anglophone issue.

As campaigns end this October 6, history will record that the 2018 was a year in which eight out of nine Presidential candidates never stepped foot on Anglophone soil to canvas for votes.


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