2018 ELECTION: JOSHUA OSIH GIVES UP THE FIGHT AND ADMITS THE SUCCESS OF PAUL BIYA
cameroondailyjournal.com|Having arrived in fourth position after the presidential election of October 7th, the vice president of the SDF, Joshua Osih recognizes the victory of Paul Biya in a declination reached our editorial office. In addition, he invites Paul Biya to listen to the Cameroonian people who, according to him, needs peace and reconciliation.
Below, the entirety of his declaration
I take note that the Constitutional Council proclaimed the results of the presidential election of October 7, 2018, despite all the evidence of irregularities and the clear desire to marginalize the North West and South West regions in this election.
In a republican and citizen spirit, I would like to congratulate all the candidates for this extraordinary election which has definitely marked a turning point in the political life of our country. As I told the President of the Constitutional Council, nothing will be the same as before!
In the same spirit, I wish to say to President-elect Paul Biya that partisan sentiments should give way to patriotism and in this approach, Mr. President of the Republic, I beg you to listen to the people who need peace and reconciliation,
If our ideologies and our beliefs oppose us, we must know that there is greater than the political parties, there is Cameroon. I hope that this election, Mr. President, will have been a highlight, not only for the people, but for you as well.
I remain convinced that the huge building of a nation united in its diversity, strong in identity, prosperous and united should, in my humble opinion be your priority because this election has also shown us the fragility of a nation built by decree
The election came and it ended. To those who want an extension, let it be an opportunity to obtain honorable, strong and democratic institutions and not for any other candidate.
I invite you to join us on the vast building site of the construction of the Cameroonian democracy started on May 26, 1990 by the SDF. This project is timeless and non-partisan, it is fundamentally necessary and also requires and above all a revolution of our mentalities
I would like to express my gratitude to all those who supported me and fought for the cause I am defending. To my Party and our National President, to all other political and trade union organizations, to civil society organizations, I say THANK YOU.
I saw the real Cameroon during this campaign and I liked what I saw because our country is full of potential and future. Some want to plunge him into the division to stay in power or to get there, but Cameroon is bigger than all of us.
He is worth all our fights and our energy. I will never stop serving him with strength, conviction and dedication and I will spare no effort, even at the cost of my blood, to get there and finally make our country a haven of peace, happiness and prosperity.
As such, I will make a commitment to help find a way out of the war that an important part of our national territory knows that could not take part in this election. I am bruised by this war, as well as by the indifference it arouses in some
As far as the battle that ends tonight and which ends in a defeat for my party and for myself personally, I the place under the sign of a deep questioning and the hope in brilliant victories to even bigger battles to come because whatever the heaviness of the loss, the defeat as the victory helps to shape the soul and let glory bloom.
For me, this election ends as it began, with the love of my family and friends, the faith in God and the Fatherland that I still have so much pride in serving.
I would also like to thank this wonderful and dynamic Campaign team that accompanied me and spared no effort in the task.
Finally, I thank the team of lawyers who were with me at the Constitutional Council. However, I remain surrounded by the energy, the passion and the youth necessary for a new beginning.
This election has also shown us that we have often had voters but rarely citizens. It is up to us now to turn this majority of ideas, debate, silence and suffering into a majority of citizens for a better Cameroon.
As a political party, we have a heavy burden on us since the 1997 legislative elections of the opposition leadership. Let us not forget that our parliamentary group always gives us this responsibility.
We have no choice but to turn this position into a parliamentary majority position with the elections on the horizon to fulfill the mission we have set for ourselves in 1990.
That is the heavy task that ‘wait and I am more than ever ready to accomplish it. God bless Cameroon.
For a Cameroon Best.