Before the convention started, the calls for the SDF to either cancel or move the convention to another region got to an unprecedentedly high level. Being a party created in crisis with enormous security challenges, the SDF Chairman gave the impression he was use to threats declaring that no matter what his convention will take place. The interpretations were varied with an immediate call for a three days ghost town as a sanction to the SDF Chairman for disrespecting the call. 

As the delegates, journalists and observers from other parts of the country trooped into Bamenda, only taxis, commercial motorbikes and some fruit sellers could be seen on the streets. No one can say whether the locking of shops for three days was as a show of hatred for the SDF and his chairman or fear of the unknown since the calls for ghost towns are always accompanied with threats. 

This did not move the Chairman. Probably the ghost town rather made work easy for his security operatives who hard little effort battling with issues of infiltration or the market population. At the close of his three days meetings, like the agama, Fru Ndi says “only the SDF could dare to organize a convention as such a time like this as if to provoke the CPDM that could not organize a simple march in Bamenda on December 8, 2016 at the wake of the Anglophone crisis. 

With this, suggestions that the SDF had very close ties with the CPDM were reduced but what about the Gregoire Owona and Government involvement in the convention? From his declarations, Cameroon has a governance issues which if address via the creation of a Federal state of government, living in Cameroon will be an exciting experience which is at variance with separatists ideologies. 

With no major issue to worry about during the convention, the Fru Ndi position is no doubt outstanding but as to how he handles that in the future with his party is his personal business. He has addressed an open letter to the President of the republic which clearly puts the position of the SDF on the ongoing crisis on public space.
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or

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