2018 ELECTION: “PAUL BIYA VICTORY IS NOT THE FRUIT OF CHEATING” – JEAN-BAPTISTE PLACCA

cameroondailyjournal.com|Jean-Baptiste Placca finds logical and clean the victory of Paul Biya in the presidential election of October 7, 2018. The columnist of Radio France International (RFI) said it in his contribution of this Saturday, October 27, 2018.

2018 ELECTION: "PAUL BIYA VICTORY IS NOT THE FRUIT OF CHEATING" - JEAN-BAPTISTE PLACCA
2018 ELECTION: “PAUL BIYA VICTORY IS NOT THE FRUIT OF CHEATING” – JEAN-BAPTISTE PLACCA

Our colleague notes that if most of the opponents of the Cameroonian president did not contest the verdict pronounced by the Constitutional Council last October 22, it is because they could not prove that there had been massive fraud. It also attributes the CPDM candidate’s victory to the seniority and organization of that party.




“The likelihood of this victory (or of this non-defeat) lies in the fact that the Cameroonian territory is, almost scientifically, squared by the Democratic Rally of the Cameroonian People, the RDPC, party of the Head of State, emanation of the National Union of Cameroon, the UNC, former single party, founded in 1966, by the same leaders in charge of Cameroon since independence, in 1960, “says a Jean-Baptiste Placca who thinks that the thrill in favor of the opponent Maurice Kamto is not comparable to that raised by Ni John Fru Ndi in 1992.

Here is the full text of the column of Jean-Baptiste Placca broadcast this Saturday, October 27, 2018 on RFI




While they are of all revolutions, elsewhere in Africa, Cameroonians are surprisingly less virulent when their own country is concerned … 71.28% of Cameroonian voters have granted their votes to Paul Biya, to lead for the next seven years, their homeland. Such a score, for a head of state in place for thirty-six years, could surprise more than one. Why, then, does it not seem so unlikely to you? You will have noticed that with the exception of one candidate, all the others gave the impression of not being over-surprised by the results. Some have taken note, others have implicitly admitted the likelihood.




Only one of them strongly contested and proclaimed himself victorious at the worst time, it must be admitted, to the point that some of his comrades openly accused him of clumsiness. If they easily concede their defeat to the incumbent president, it is certainly not because Camp Biya would have bought or corrupted them in any way. Many of them agree, in private, that there have been, of course, many anomalies, and even, here and there, some cases of more or less serious fraud. But none quotes or brings evidence of massive, systematic fraud, enough, in any case, to harm one or more of the suitors, to the point that we can deduce that the victory was stolen to one or the other of them. Do we understand well:

The likelihood of this victory (or of this non-defeat) is due to the fact that the Cameroonian territory is, almost scientifically, squared by the Democratic Rally of the Cameroonian people, the RDPC, party of the Head of State, emanation of the Cameroon National Union, the UNC, former single party, founded in 1966, by the same leaders in charge of Cameroon since independence, in 1960.




Of all the former colonies or countries under French trusteeship, Cameroon is, with Gabon, one of only two countries where the same political party holds the reins of power since independence. It is therefore a formidable electoral machine, with the state means that go with it, and there is no shame to lose in front of it. Nevertheless, the candidate Maurice Kamto caused a sensation and could have won. To be honest, even if one felt a shudder in favor of the candidate Maurice Kamto, this has nothing in common with the popular fervor which, for example, led Ni John Fru Ndi, in 1992. One can think that the “Chairman” had, that year, perhaps won the election.




Probably even, in the opinion of many observers present in polling stations across the country. Even if we sometimes water down History at our peril, it will one day be a witness of the inside of the system, to reveal what really was the choice of the Cameroonian people during this presidential election of 1992. may have won the election. Probably even, in the opinion of many observers present in polling stations across the country.




Even if we sometimes water down History at our peril, it will one day be a witness of the inside of the system, to reveal what really was the choice of the Cameroonian people during this presidential election of 1992. may have won the election. Probably even, in the opinion of many observers present in polling stations across the country. Even if we sometimes water down History at our peril, it will one day be a witness of the inside of the system, to reveal what really was the choice of the Cameroonian people during this presidential election of 1992.




For the rest, Cameroonians are a mystery on this continent. They are from all fights, elsewhere in Africa. Absolute virulence, when it comes to the fate of Laurent Gbagbo or Charles Blé Goudé, Côte d’Ivoire, for example. Or, and they are not wrong, against the liquidation of Colonel Gaddafi, that Africans still regret a lot, today. Of all the revolutions, Pan-African or Pan-Africanist, the Cameroonians, when it comes to their country, suddenly become … conservative. So go on the social networks, or in the archives of Calls on the news, on the RFI website, and you will find that Paul Biya is not the African leader the most disparaged or the most cornered by his fellow citizens. As if all these irreducible revolutionaries, once at home, in their own country,



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