Biya Faces New Challengers For CPDM Chairmanship

The Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM, is contemplating on organising an extraordinary congress of the party as the mandate of its Chairman, Paul Biya, expires in September this year.

Sources at the Central Committee of the party told The Post that the outfit is settling for an extraordinary congress because it is cheaper.

The sources that asked not to be named, quoted the CPDM Secretary General, Jean Nkuete, as saying that an ordinary congress will be expensive and time-consuming for the party.

“An ordinary congress will take at least three days with huge spending, while an extraordinary is a one point agenda occasion that takes only one day,” he said.

It will be exactly five years in September since the last CPDM congress was held in Yaounde. It took place in 2011, during which, its incumbent Chairman, Paul Biya, was designated as the party’s candidate for the presidential election.

Thus, by virtue of article 27 of the internal regulations of the party, it is incumbent on the party’s authorities to organise a congress.

Party sources indicated that the party’s Chairman, Paul Biya, who is referred to as a legalist, will organise a congress in tandem with the standing orders of the house.

But Biya would have to contain the numerous challengers to his CPDM Chairmanship that have emerged in recent months. Though most of the challengers are still keeping their chairmanship ambitions very discrete, observers believe that the extraordinary congress of the party will be stormy.

Some of the new aspirants of the CPDM Chairmanship are emerging after a staunch militant in Yaounde earlier declared his intention to challenge Biya as Chairman of the party.

Saint Eloi Bidoung, who is one of the Deputy Mayors of the Yaounde VI Council, says Biya is too old to steer the ship of the party effectively.

He has been telling reporters in Yaounde that he is not only young and energetic, but has the intellectual and mental alertness to make the CPDM great again.

He told the press recently that although the CPDM passes for a democratic party, he is already paying a big price for mustering the courage to challenge the incumbent Chair. He said all his allowances have been blocked at the level of the Council.

Many of his comrades, he went, were treating him as if he were an outcast for the simple reason that he is challenging the incumbent.

But Bidoung has the heart of a lion. He says nothing will stop him from battling it out with the incumbent Biya. During the anticipated congress, Biya is expected to appoint some members of the Central Committee.

For one thing, some members of the Central Committee and the Political Bureau of the party have passed on to eternal glory after the 2011 congress.

For instance, the party will need to replace Hon. Senator Bochong Francis Isidore Nkwain Wainchom, a Central Committee member, who died in 2014.

It will also need to replace Fon Esua Fontem, a political Bureau member who also diedin 2014. The congress, party insiders mooted, will also decide the fate of some senior officials of the party in theGovernment who are perceived as obstacles to progress.

Such members of the Government are on the blacklist of the party for standing on the way of President Biya’s Emergency Plan.

During the congress, Biya is expected to react to calls on him to seek re-election in 2018. He will also answer appeals from militants of the party to organise early elections.

The first call for a CPDM congress was made in February during the party’s rally in Bafoussam, West Region. The Political Bureau member, Senator Mbombo Njoya, who made the call, said so much water has gone under the bridge, which need to be discussed only at the congress.


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