By Andrew Nsoseka
President Biya’s erstwhile Secretary General at the Presidency, Prof. Titus Edzoa, has exhorted his former boss to suspend the imminent Municipal and Legislative elections. According to Edzoa, these elections should be put on hold until a solution to the Anglophone Crisis is reached. Edzoa, a presidential candidate in 1997 has cautioned that organising any of the upcoming elections, will, in effect, be tantamount to endorsing the secession of the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon.
Edzoa, the Professor cum surgeon maintains that the crisis in the Anglophone zones of Cameroon presents a situation of permanent insecurity that “weighs and will weigh heavily on our sociopolitical sphere.”
Edzoa, who was jailed for over 15 years, reminds his jailer he (Edzoa) had stood against the organisation of the 2018 presidential election in the country. “I vehemently advocated postponing of presidential elections. My call was unheeded … I remain convinced that calling for legislative and municipal elections without resolving the tragedy that our country is facing in the Northwest and Southwest would be tantamount to increasing the frustrations of our compatriots, and this may be a threat. Today, the sequence of events calls for immediate new recommendations and solutions under your impetus.”
After a profound study of the present situation and its repercussions on the political well-being of Cameroon, Prof. Edzoa says that: “Since the same causes produce the same effects, I respectfully suggest that you suspend all elections – both legislative and local.”
In addition to the insecurity prevailing in the country that makes it inauspicious to hold elections, Edzoa warns that “the electoral code in force is essentially anti-democratic.” AS a result he says that, “to hold elections under these conditions would be to endorse the de facto secession of our dear country, which is too much a responsibility and a heavy burden for any leader, and, what is more, for someone who is committed to leaving, as a legacy, a ‘united nation and indivisible in its diversity’”.
Prof. Edzoa admits that the animosity against the regime in the aggrieved Northwest and Southwest Regions is entrenched. This is due to the fact that espoused solutions to the Anglophone Problem have been ignored. As a result, the regime is unpopular.
Despite such unpopularity, the ruling CPDM, in the 2018 presidential elections, rather used the chaos to its favour, by claiming mouthwatering victories in the Regions and zones where insecurity was rife. In the process, ELEECAM reports claimed thousands voted in places where independent and neutral observers said only dozens of people turned out – not the purported thousands.
To Edzoa, if legislative and municipal elections were to hold as scheduled, they would only further alienate people in Anglophone Cameroon from the rest of the country since such elections would give the impression that their voices and political wellbeing means nothing to the Yaounde regime. This would, inevitably, according to Edzoa, advance the separatist agenda and dogma that the Yaounde regime does not care about the Anglophone minority. Anglophones would, then, conclude that, as such, secession is the only way out.