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2018 Presidential election: SDF drops coalition hint with other parties

The Social Democratic Front has hinted it will lead a coalition of opposition parties at the upcoming Presidential election billed for October 7.

The SDF dropped the hint at the end of an extraordinary meeting of its National Executive Committee, NEC which held at the residence of the Chairman Ni John Fru Ndi.

Amongst one of the resolutions of the meeting, the party acknowledged and thanked “the political and civil society associations that have joined us and welcomed those who are still on their way.”

Contacted by journalducameroun.com, the SDF however refused to reveal the identity of such political parties and associations that have joined them promising to do so officially during a conference to flag off their campaign in mid August.

With widespread calls from various quarters for opposition parties to form a strong coalition that can defeat the ruling CPDM party at the up coming election, the SDF could have finally listened to the call.

The party’s flag bearer, Joshua Osih was spotted last week with a faction of the UPC party officials prompting speculation of a possible coalition. This came weeks after Mr. Osih was again spotted with another presidential aspirant, Akere Muna.

Despite the early signals of a possible coalition, leadership of such a move seems to be the stumbling block with Joshua Osih, Maurice Kamto, and Akere Muna all adamant to lead.

While the opposition remains undecided, the ruling party has boosted its ranks with some 20 ‘opposition figures’ who last week declared support for Paul Biya at the presidential election.

For now the dice has still not been cast as the elections-management body Elecam scrutinizes the files of aspirants before publishing a final list of candidates retained on or before August 8.

Published on 03.01.2023

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