Ace Supreme Court Advocate General, Justice Paul Ayah Abine, has issued a disclaimer distancing the Popular Action Party( PAP) where he is the National President from a document which surfaced on social media showing the political configuration as having congratulated Maurice Kamto as winner of Sunday’s Presidential poll in Cameroon.
In a statement issued on his facebook page and the party’s website on Monday, October 8, 2018, the retired Judge writes that :“ the attention of the National President of the Popular Action party has been drawn to the existence of and publication of a document purporting to congratulate Professor Maurice Kamto on his election as President of the Republic of Cameroon. I want to make it clear that, since my interview on Equinoxe Television some months back, asserting that, no true Anglophone will go to election in the face of the killings and suffering of our people; and that, consequently, the Popular Action Party would not participate in the Presidential election this year, the position of the party has been consistent,” Ayah wrote.
He insists in the disclaimer that “even if our position has changed, (and I want to be insistent that it has never changed), the National President of the Popular Action party, as a man of law, and possessed of the knowledge that the Constitutional Council has exclusive jurisdiction to proclaim election results, I in the face of such circumstances, would never have congratulated anyone as of now,” the statement posits.
The former Member of Parliament(MP) explained that; “It follows that any such document purportedly issued in the name of or on behalf of the Popular Action Party is, at best a fake and therefore null and void,” Ayah declared.
Before now, a document bearing the party’s emblem and name having the name of Akoson Raymond, a one time militant of the party dated October 8, addressed to Maurice Kamto acknowledged him as President-Elect.
The document titled “Congratulations on Your Election as President”, besides congratulating Kamto, talked of the immediate demilitarisation of the North West and South West Regions, reparation to those affected in the Anglophone Crisis, release of detainees of the Anglophone Crisis and the setting in place of channels for discussions to end the Anglophone Crisis.
Meantime, Akoson who is believed to be the author of the document, which triggered the disclaimer from the PAP National President, is reported to have been forced out of Cameroon within the context of the lingering Anglophone Crisis.