A significant crowd was at the esplanade of the Ayaba Hotel where the Northwest regional campaign was launched on Saturday.
The Congress Hall of the CPDM would have been the ideal place to launch the Party’s campaign against the 9 Febuary 2020 twin elections. But, the additional contigent of troops sent to the region have pitched camp in building. Party authorities of the region preferred to pick another location. More troops stormed the region to deter armed groups and foil any attacks.
Combatants have vowed to disrupt the polls and warned the population not to participate. But the threats seem to have fallen on deaf ears in Bamenda. A crowd of militants and sympathizers of the CPDM from the seven divisions shrugged off the threats and attended the launching of campaigns.
During the event, the Regional Campaign Committee of the Northwest passed on arguments to be used by campaigners of the Party to woe the electorate. Paul Ghogomu Mingo, Minister of Speacial Duties at the Presidency of the Republic brokedown the Special Status, recently accorded to the English-speaking part of the country to douse the tensions and end the three-year civil conflict in the Northwest and Southwest regions.
These local elections in the Northwest are capital for the party, if it would have a say in the running of the region. Councilors voted on 9 February will inturn vote the regional councils.
“It is an important election for us because it is going to usher in the Special Status. It is also an elction which is in preulde to the regional elctions and this is going to change the way we function. It is for that reason the President said (Paul Biya) Cameroon is taking a new shape. This is extremely important for this region, the Southwest and the entire country,” Philemon Yang, the Head of the Northwest Regional Campaign Committee underscored.
If the opposition scores a majority vote, it will control the regional council. A position the CPDM wants to avoid.
Furthering from the regional launch, the Party will launch campaigns at the divisional headquarters. Here, party officials are asking campaigners to concentrate at the council unit chopped into sectors, considered as key for a victory.
More than half of the over 80 millions frs CFA raised was pumped into the council areas. For the party’s campaign to succeed from the council to the regional level, Adamu Musa a Communication expert and militant, lectured the campaigners on the best practices during elections. Peace seems to be returning to the region, and CPDM believes it will pick a good score.
Jude Viban, in Bamenda