2018 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS: NDAM NJOYA AND PAUL BIYA PLAYS THE BAMOUN GAME OF WISE SILENCE
While the other candidates roam the streets and go down in every corner of the territory and abroad to get in touch with the people, the two oldest of the list are still desired.
Since the convocation of the electorate on July 9, 2018, and even a before, the candidates today confirmed to the presidency of the Republic were already on the ground in different forms. A stronger presence once the list of candidates has been made public by Elections’ Cameroon.
9 candidates in total, who seek the support of Cameroonians for the supreme magistracy, and multiply the means of communication on the national territory and out of the country. All have already been seen and heard at least once in the media, all but two of them, Paul Biya and Adamou Ndam Njoya. An absence that even caused incidents on the set of the Crtv television, during the programs where candidates were invited to confront their ideas to those of the other candidates,
They call themselves legalists …
So far, questions about their presence in the field have found more or less similar answers. For Paul Biya, Issa Tchiroma has known for a long time that he is omnipresent, that is to say, he is everywhere even if we do not see him. Recently, one of his followers explains that it is legalistic, that it respects the legal period of the campaign which begins September 24 to go down on the ground.
As for Adamou Ndam Njoya, after the front page of a newspaper in the square Tuesday, September 4, 2018 who asked or had passed this candidate remained silent and invisible, his spokesperson Mongwat Ahidjo gave on his Facebook page the reasons the discretion of the man, which boils down to the field experience.
He explains in particular that: “If the Democratic Union of Cameroon, with its electoral experience, of his knowledge in political geo-strategy, decides to adopt a very specific campaign plan … is not it his right? … Why so absolutely want to lead him in a corridor that he had time to experiment over the years, to evaluate the day after the different previous polls …
And especially that he tried to rebuild by attracting the attention of his peers on the mistakes of the past without success … why want to lead it against his will and that of its activists? ” to evaluate in the aftermath of the different previous polls … And especially that he tried to rebuild by attracting the attention of his peers on the errors of the past without success … why want to lead it there against his will and that of his militants? ” to evaluate in the aftermath of the different previous polls … And especially that he tried to rebuild by attracting the attention of his peers on the errors of the past without success … why want to lead it there against his will and that of his militants? “
Points common to the old
In fact the two candidates who chose to communicate by absence, have a lot in common. The first is that both served in the Ahidjo government, appointed by the latter. They are therefore two former colleagues in the service of the first president of Cameroon. Ironically, the year 1982 was decisive for the two men, who had two diametrically opposed spells.
While Ahmadou Ahidjo dismissed Adamou Ndam Njoya from the government in January, he comforted Paul Biya in his good graces and even handed him power in November. They are both broken from the Cameroonian administration in which they rolled their bumps, although with various fortunes.
The second common point to both is the regularity in presidential elections since 1992. 5 times out of 5 for Paul Biya and 4 times out of 5 for Ndam Njoya, who boycotted the deadline of 1997. They have the experience of precampaigns and campaigns. They are already well known to Cameroonians, the speeches of both are not new either and we can also say they know when to go out or not out, who to meet and especially what it costs in time, energy, human, material and financial resources.
With regard to energy, the two also have in common not much to have, already weakened by the weight of age, which does not allow them to be more active on the ground. Paul Biya is now 85 years old and Ndam Njoya is 76 years old. Advanced ages that are no doubt a handicap for tours that require difficult journeys on perilous and dangerous roads. Rightly their absence on the ground can be qualified as a reserve of the deans.
Another thing we find in Paul Biya and Ndam Njoya is that they reign supreme over their respective political parties, and the word alternation is excluded from their conception of democracy. Paul Biya renamed the Cameroonian National Union in Rdpc in 1985 and became the president, he remained for 33 years. Ndam Njoya meanwhile is the president of the Cameroonian Democratic Union he has created since 1991, and since 27 he does not plan to pass the hand, at least not officially.
As life presidents of their political parties, they are also natural candidates, de facto or status. But the most important reason for the absence of both on the ground as well as their silence in the media, is that both have a certainty on the results of the poll.
One is sure to lose, the other is sure to win. Ndam Njoya never reached 5% of the vote in the various elections, Paul Biya has always won. Why then, in one case as in the other, embarrass themselves for an election whose results are known, as the two candidates seem to say. Especially since no fundamental data has changed since the last elections. Ndam Njoya is still in opposition, while Paul Biya is still in power, master of the administrative machine and does not see what will make him lose an election he has himself organized, presence on the ground or not.