The Social Democratic Front (SDF) Elective Convention, which was to hold at the Presbyterian Church Centre, Ntamulung from February 22 to 24, 2018, has now been moved to the Bamenda Congress Hall, which is the fief of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM).
Even though the Bamenda Congress Hall was constructed with the contributions from the sons and daughters of the North West Region, irrespective of their political, social, cultural, tribal or religious affiliation, the hall has over the years been controlled by successive CPDM Section Presidents of Mezam.
Recently, a power tussle erupted between the Section President of Mezam 1B, Matoya Cletus Anye, and Paul Achombang, who is operating a restaurant at the Congress Hall.
The office of the Section President was sealed by the ousted Section President, Paul Atanga Nji. In the heat of the power tussle, CPDM militants said Matoya has the right to control the Congress Hall as has always been the tradition beginning with Fon Angwafor III as Pioneer CPDM Section President of Mezam and the likes of Atanga Nji who have controlled the hall.
Meanwhile, the shifting of the venue of the SDF Elective Convention to the Congress Hall has been regarded by many militants as taking the party’s cherish secrets to the enemies’ territory, especially during an election year like 2018, where many parties will like to keep their deliberations top discrete.
The decision of the SDF to change the Convention venue came after the Presbyterian Church authorities withdrew the authorisation given to the party to hold the convention at their multipurpose hall.
The PCC authorities backtracked after the Ambazonia Defence Forces (ADF) allegedly threatened not only to disrupt the SDF Convention, but also to set the PCC premises ablaze, if the Church authority should allow the Convention to hold there.
Frightened by the threats, the PCC authorities held an emergency meeting on February 20 and withdrew their authorisation.
Confronted by the mounting threats that the SDF Convention shouldn’t hold in Bamenda or anywhere else in the former Southern Cameroons, other party militants suggested that it should be moved to Mbouda, Bafoussam or Douala to avoid any unforeseen complication.
But the SDF National Chairman, Ni John FruNdi, insisted that the Convention must hold in Bamenda as planned. Meanwhile, over 2,450 SDF delegates have reportedly travelled to Bamenda from different parts of the country for the Convention.