Accused and Isolated, Joshua Osih snubs SDF members
The Social Democratic Front (SDF), an unfortunate candidate for the last presidential election, presented its new orientation on 21 November.
The first opposition party in Cameroon wants to revive, despite the conflicts that divide its cadres internally. Resolving the English crisis, seducing young voters, getting a new electoral code adopted … this is the new course set by the Social Democratic Front (SDF) to get back on the political scene in Cameroon.
By the voice of its secretary general, former Senator Jean Tsomelou, the party headed by John Fru Ndi believes he has turned the page of the presidential election, and is ready for a new start.
“The expected results [in the presidential election of October 7, ed] were not held. Our party today knows why this score is 3.35%. We lost nearly 800,000 votes in our bastion, the English-speaking regions (…). I invite our activists and supporters to remain welded and more serenity so that together we can rebuild the party, “said Jean Tsomelou during a press conference given November 21 at the headquarters of the SDF in Yaounde.
A reconstruction that promises to be difficult, however, as the aftermath of the defeat in the presidential election always seem visible.
The case Joshua Osih divides
Many observers have indeed noted the absence of the SDF candidate, Joshua Osih, at this strategic conference of the party, although present in the city of Yaounde where he currently takes part in the plenary session of the National Assembly, as as deputy of Wouri.
The unfortunate presidential candidate, who would always be at the heart of the divisions between the cadres of this party, did not explain the reason for his absence. A few weeks ago, at a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the SDF, the leader John Fru Ndi had to take his defense forcefully, in the face of recriminations expressed against him by some cadres of the party.
“Joshua Osih was a presidential candidate, and he was our standard bearer. He was on the ground, he knows what he saw, I will not blame him, “said the opponent of Paul Biya.
I MUST ACCEPT TO BE CRITICIZED, BUT I CAN NOT LEAVE THE PARTY ON THE ROAD BECAUSE A CAMRADO REQUESTS ME
A considerable branch demanded his departure from the vice-presidency of the party, with the Mayor of Loum Guy Wambo, followed by some members from the North West region.