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Internal strife rocks South West CPDM ahead of 2018 senatorial elections

Peter Mafany Musonge, Head of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) Permanent Delegation to the South West Region, will have a torrid time reconciling two warring factions within the party ahead of the 2018 elections.

The fragile peace that has reigned within the South West CPDM for the past five years after the 2013 Investiture Committee left behind political fracas is again being tested by the search for the party’s representatives in Cameroon’s Upper House of Parliament (Senate).
Since the convening of the electorate for the 2018 senatorial elections by President Paul Biya on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, CPDM bigwigs from the Southwest have been crisscrossing the six Divisions of the Region, holding nocturnal meetings and scheming to outwit political opponents to the submission of their various lists to the Central Committee of the party as instructed by the CPDM Secretary General, Jean Nkuete.

As the March 25 elections day narrows, the CPDM Central Committee has dispatched the party militants to their various Regions, instructing aspiring Senators to compile their documents and forward to the party’s Secretariat for vetting.

It was in tandem with the prescription of the party’s hierarchy that Peter Mafany Musonge and other party militants met in Buea on Tuesday, February 13 to receive the various lists of aspiring candidates.
During the February 13 meeting, three lists were submitted to the head of the delegation, one comprising of the pioneer Senators of the South West Region headed by Senator George Tabetando Ndieb Nso and another list of young aspiring Senators led by Emmanuel Motomby Mbome, First Deputy Mayor of Buea Council.
The last list was submitted by Rev. Dr. Ekuka Molindo, an Independent candidate.

However, Dr. Molindo’s list was later discarded by Musonge ON Wednesday, February 14, on grounds that it did not fulfil the law creating the Senate that admission into the Upper House of Parliament is a list system of political parties and not independent candidates.
Meanwhile, the Head of the CPDM Permanent Delegation to the South West Region collected the other two lists for onward transmission to the party’s Central Committee.
Many militants of the party have expressed worries that the two lists which have been accepted by Mr. Musonge may lead to the party’s disintegration at an election year like 2018, if the Investiture process is not properly handled.

For one thing, the Tabetando-led list is said to have the blessing of the party’s hierarchy, while the Motomby-led list is composed of disgruntled CPDM militants, who felt short-changed in the 2013 senatorial elections. Militants of the Motomby’s list feel that the time for them to mount the hemicycle is now.

Meanwhile, addressing militants after collecting the two lists, Musonge urged them to respect the choice of the Central Committee. He also appealed to the militants to put the party’s interest first before individual ambitions.

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