On February 25, 2017, the National Union for Democracy and Progress (NUDP) of Bello Bouba Maigari, Minister of State for Tourism and Leisure will hold its ordinary congress, the 6th of its kind after the 5th which took place in 2012. According to party sources, it will be an occasion to proceed with the re-election of members of the party’s governing organ, the Central Committee. The welcoming of new militants as well as renewal of all the structures of the party also features on the planned activities of the congress.
The holding of the NUDP ordinary was confirmed to press by Mohamadou Talba, the party’s national communication secretary. “We are in the midst of the preparations; I must say that such a congress occurs every 5 years. After the congresses of 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, it is normal to organize the one of 2017 according to our statutes,” he said.
The convening of the congress comes barely one year before the 2018 presidential election. Mohamadou Talba, says the congress will dictate the prospects for 2018.The February 25, 2017 NUDP Sixth Ordinary Congress will most likely see the re-election of Bello Bouba Maigari as the party’s National President.
The NUDP Congress will be coming at a time when the party has been gaining steam in recent months as 2018 which is an election year in Cameroon approaches. Recently, some 480 militants of the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM party and the Cameroon National Salvation Front, CNSF party of Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary resigned and joined the NUDP section of Mayo-Ourna. The militants were from the villages of Tcharatché and Banli, in the Mayo-Ourna Sub Division of the Benoué Division.
Deserters From CPDM, CNSF welcomed to NUDP
The reception ceremony for the defectors was chaired by Iya Boro Ahmadou, member of the central committee of the NUDP and the personal representative of the National President, Bello Bouba Maigari. For the occasion, a meeting was held in the town of Bardarké where the new NUDP militants received party uniforms and their individual membership cards.
According to explanations from the NUDP Mayo-Ourna Section President, Alhaji Oumarou Mouhamadou Nana, the reception ceremony of the new militants was a culmination of a long process initiated by the converts a few weeks ago. “We reassured ourselves of the sincerity of the new militants we presented to the general public. They made their desire to join the NUDP since November 2016”, Alhaji Nana noted.
According to Sanda Madi, leader of the CPDM decamping militants of the Mayo-Ourna Sub Division, they acted for the benefit of their locality. “We realized that the CPDM was using us and our interests were not considered. Our village lacks drinking water. We are in the dark and no promises have been made by the CPDM. This day is a new day for us and for our new political family,” he disclosed.
His views were re-echoed by the deserting CNSF Sub Section President for Banli.
Reacting to this development, Saidou Maidadi, member of the central committee of the NUDP said the reception of the now former militants of President Paul Biya’s CPDM party and the CNSF of Issa Tchiroma Bakary was a response of the NUDP to the series of resignations organized November 6, 2016 in Garoua by the party in power.
“Henceforth, we will respond piece by piece. The ceremony of Bardarké is the beginning of a long series of welcoming of new members in our political formation throughout the Northern Region. 2017 is the year of the NUDP, ” he noted.