The Chairman of the Social Democratic Front SDF has accused the governing CPDM of collaborating with Ambazonia separatists against SDF candidates vying in for positions in the Municipal and legislative elections in the North West and South West regions. This follows recurrent threats and attacks on the party as February 9, the election day approaches.
Many SDF candidates have been forced to resign while others have suffered kidnap, torture and destruction of their properties by suspected Ambazonia separatist fighters especially in the North West region as they (separatist) are poised to stop elections from holding.
In the North West region in particular, the homes of the Honorable Mbah Ndam, Mayor of Bafut Tubah, of Mayor Njong Donatus, candidate for the legislative elections in Kumbo, of the Honorable Fusi Ndamunkong, were burned. While the mayor of Bamenda 2, Awah Fidelis was kidnapped.
But the SDF is curious that, other political parties,have not been affected the way it has suffered.
“I tell them that please can you sit down let us talk but they keep insisting that just get out and see. I look at that as radicalism. So today, they have left the CPDM that is destroying everything and they are now on the SDF following Fru Ndi, abducting me twice, dragging me on the floor and giving me wounds. The painful thing is that I was just from the hospital, two hours later. In other words, that was more than death because all my family members were already weeping. But as the Lord God that we serve saved my life, I tell the people doing that it is not by forcing Fru Ndi with the power of the gun that you will achieve what we want because the right person to force with power of the gun is Mr Biya. “
“So when they take the guns they are only after the SDF because CPDM people are moving around freely in town and they have not abducted even one. They first started by setting fire on my compound in town, later burnt down my house in the villages to ashes. The people monitoring this abroad, that is, the leaders told the boys here to do that in order to teach me a lesson. What is my crime because for three years now, I have been calling for the leadership of the Anglophone movement to come so that we can talk and strategize on what to do but all answers I receive is that just get out from Parliament and councils. “
“You cannot hold a gun and just give me instructions like that because I will not take them. Since then, they keep abducting members of the SDF party which I am now forced to agree that those are the YCPDM youths who have gone into the bushes thinking that they can destroy the SDF this way pretentiously thinking that Mr. Biya will win everything on February 9, 2020 for the world to see him as the greatest person. “
Fru Ndi also explained why the party is takin oart in the elections despite calls from separatists and other political parties for the front line opposition party to boycott.
“The SDF has never had any election with ease in Cameroon because we have had elections where we won but our people were rather beaten and our victory stolen. We are running because we want to make our point known to the world that we are prepared for these elections. But we said that if getting towards these elections, the conditions are not safe, we will call it off. We do not believe in punching a person and start running away. If I punch you in a ring, I will stand there for us to punch ourselves.”
“The results we are expecting are that the SDF is very comfortable under a clean atmosphere to win in those areas chosen and if we win and taken good care of the people, the next elections will come. It is not as if we must win it all only in the upcoming elections. It will be better, safer and more conducive for Anglophones to vote for the SDF and they get on looking at their problem than for any other party.”
The party’s National Communication Secretary, Denis Nkemlemo had earlier insisted that, some big wigs of the CPDM are working with separatists to frustrate their run in the twin elections.
“The regime’s barons in the North West region are colluding with the Ambazonia fighters . They entered into an unnatural alliance to deal with the Social Democratic Front (SDF) and allow the CPDM party to make an easy tour of the region next month. The intention is to discourage the SDF and allow the CPDM survive.” he said.
The SDF Chairman has left for the United States where he is receiving treatment after he was kidnapped twice last year by separatists.