2018 Presidential Election: Eight Candidates Against the Force of Experience

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The President candidate Paul Biya remains the favourite for Sunday’s presidential election in Cameroon against his eight opponents, three of whom are Joshua Osih, Maurice Kamto and Akere Muna.

Since the early 1990s, the opposition to Paul Biya was represented by John Fru Ndi, his long-time opponent of the Social Democratic Front (SDF), who ceded his chairman position to 49-year-old businessman, Joshua Osih, during the party’s conference held in Bamenda in the early months of 2018. Since the beginning of the campaign, however, he has struggled to drain crowds as his mentor, John Fru Ndi.

Another strong candidate is Maurice Kamto, 64 years old, president of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC), which can count on a strong territorial base. This former Minister Delegate for Justice from 2004 to 2011, a lawyer at the Paris Bar, has successfully negotiated for his country territorial dispute with Nigeria on the peninsula of Bakassi. During the official campaign, he has made no less than twelve meetings throughout the country, and has travelled throughout Cameroon since the launch of his party in 2012. His supporters believe that his experience in the state apparatus is an asset when his critics do not hesitate to criticize his support for Paul Biya.

The former president of Cameroon and founder of the Cameroon branch of Transparency International’s anti-corruption NGO, Akere Muna, is also a credible candidate. At 66, this famous lawyer has a strong legitimacy abroad, where he knows many African heads of state and past. But it has a smaller land base in Cameroon. Founder of a political movement, Muna was invested by a small opposition party for this election, the Popular Front for Development (FPD).

Behind, come five other smaller candidates, according to observers: Cabral Libii, 38, a political analyst known for his interventions on television sets, uses his media fluency and could seduce many young Cameroonians, Garga Haman Adji, from the Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) and third in the last presidential election of 2011, is still on the starting line in 2018. At 74, this native of Maroua far north region knows the secrets of power. Like Maurice Kamto, he was minister of the Public Service, between 1990 and 1992. Former campaign manager of Fru Ndi in 1992, he appeared in 2004 and 2011 and finish third in the two polls.

Serge Espoir Matomba, 38, co-youngest with Libii from this election, candidate of the United People for Social Renewal (Purs). Frankline Ndifor Afanwi, a little-known Pentecostal pastor who launched his party, the Cameroon National Citizen Movement (MCNC), in May. Adamou Ndam Njoya, 76, former vice minister and then minister under Amadou Ahidjo, ran for president for the fourth time in a row.

Thus in the face of these candidates, President candidate Paul Biya remains the most favourite as he stand tall in the midst of the other 8 candidates in his level of experience and dedication to state institutions. His reach experience has gained him popularity and as well made Cameroon to be known not only in Africa but the world at large when it comes to structural projects and its diplomacy in Multi-lateral Corporation.


Source: Cameroon-report.com, Emmanuel NGOTA


 

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