As reported by in the early hours of this morning , the political bureau of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement(CPDM)  is meeting today inside Etoudi, the presidency of the Republic of Cameroon.
As expected, it has been a long day for the 10 heads of regional branches of the party who gathered in Yaounde with an  objective  to secure the mandate the chairman of the party. Mr Biya’s mandate had expired on September 15th, 2016.

After its secretariat announced the CPDM will be the holding of a national congress of the party this year, the Press in Cameroon reported a CPDM congress was billed for September 29th to re-elect Biya as the CPDM Chairman though he is being looked upon by praise singers as a natural chairman and/or candidate. However,the congress did not hold, and the politburo of the party have been siting since this morning  instead to extend his 34 years rule.
Why the CPDM has decided to move its congress from its usual “Palais des Congrès” in Yaounde, where the ruling party,  is seated, to Etoudi this time around already has worried some Cameroonians .
For Martin Eloumbo from Douala ,it is a violation of Republican values.” it is completely incomprehensible that this meeting be held in the Presidency of the Republic.Paul Biya as  the President of Cameroon  should be the first to respect the institutions put in place”.

Biya has succeeded to cage everyone in his  party and most importantly the Cameroonian opposition without any credible challenge. Sadly, there is a view that if things remain as they are now, 2018 Biya will win.


by Bertha Ngum

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