Bamenda (National Times)-Cameroon’s opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) party has announced that it would boycott the nation’s national day celebrations billed for May 20th . The decision announced Tuesday May 7th comes after the same party ignored popular opinion to boycott the October 2018 presidential elections.
Thus, the Tuesday announcement which the first vice National President of the SDF Honourable Joshua Osih Nambangi issued is viewed as an action meant to win the sympathy of the population in the two restive English-speaking Regions.
According to the statement, “ the Social Democratic Front (SDF) in sympathy with Cameroonians living in a civil war in the North West and South West Regions and those suffering from the crises in other parts of our country, hereby informs party structures and the public opinion that, as long as the civil war and this severe insecurity prevails, the SDF cannot participate in the National Day Celebrations n the 20th of May.
This is valid throughout the national territory because , one side of the face cannot be smiling while the other side is crying” Osih stated in the release.
In the build up to the presidential elections last year, there was pressure within the Anglophone Regions for the party to boycott yet it did the contrary. Osih went in as the party’s presidential candidate coming 4th of nine candidates.
The score in the 2018 presidential is the worst for the party in any presidential race. The North West and South West Regions were the social fabric has greatly disintegrated remains the most vibrant political bases of the SDF party.