|Hon. Awudu Mbaya Cyprian|
By FC Junior
The zonal conferences aimed at evaluating the level of voters’ registration in Nkambe Central kick-started last week with the SDF registering the influx of new militants. The evaluation process which started in Chup village took a u-turn when 168 CPDM militants of Ngaah-Bongom decamped to join the Social Democratic Front-SDF. In Binju-Nkambe, two frontline militants of the CPDM decided to dump the CPDM for the SDF. At Kup, there was seventh heaven and elation when 17 militants of the CPDM changed their minds and moved to the opposition. At Bih, Saah, Nwangri and Bi-Njeng, series of resignations were also registered. Musa Ibrahim, formerly CPDM militants told the crowd at Saah that he took the decision because “it is better to play in a team that you are sure to win” reasons why he made up his mind and decided to take along with him five of his friends to join the SDF. On his part Nformi Godwill of Ngaah who was among the 168 CPDM militants made a pathetic testimony when he moved to the rostrum and told that crowd that when he lost one of his eyes, nobody visited him in hospital bed. “I have been militating in the CPDM for the past 27 years and I have decided to quit because for 27 years what I have received is nothing but promises that have never materialized”. He said “I and my people have decided to go to where politics is practiced with a human face” Godwill Nformi concluded.
Jubilation there was in Binju-Nkambe when Ndi Tantoh formerly a diehard militant of the CPDM moved to the rostrum to announce that he has decided to plunge with his entire body into the SDF. He said he was sleeping with a snake on the bed without knowing and now that he is aware, he had no other option than to quit. “I am now a full militant of the SDF with all my body” he commented.
It should be noted that the evaluation of voters’ registration using the biometric system seemingly is igniting sympathizers of the SDF to make choices.
Addressing militants and sympathizers Hon. Awudu Mbaya said campaigns have not yet started and that when the time shall come, it shall be the moment of truth. Harping on the importance of registering, Hon. Awudu said by so doing each and everyone will be assuming his/her responsibility. Everywhere he went, Hon. Awudu Mbaya made it clear that he has not come to assess the level of registration of militants of the SDF, so that he could assist everyone to register.
However, he always starts by passing warm greeting from SDF National Chairman and greeting from the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Cavaye Yeguie to the population. In every village, he was able to show to the population what he (Hon. Awudu) has been able to contribute. Hon. Awudu Mbaya also frowned at the act of intimidation by some traditional rulers and administrators. He said the SDF will not allow any administrator to interfere in political issues. As Madame Mary Awudu, SDF education secretary puts it: “even climate change cannot change the SDF in Nkambe”. Quoting from Jeremiah 17, Hon. Awudu Mbaya added that money cannot buy people. Mangoh Jones Tanko, the Mayor of Nkambe was categorical in speeches that Hon. Awudu Mbaya holds the record as the most practical politician in Mbum land. “No politician has ever done what Hon. Awudu has done” he emphasized urging the population to understand that Hon. Awudu has just started and they should register massively in order to give him another mandate to Parliament.
Before proceeding to the evaluation of registered voters, Hon. Awudu Mbaya cautioned and warned that anyone who registers and give out his receipt to someone else is doing so at his or her own risk given that it is illegal for people to collect voters’ receipts to keep. The evaluation process which is done by showing of hand has been described by pundits as the most practical and efficient manner. In spite of the fact that identity cards were being issued for free, the evaluation process still demonstrated that they were people without identity cards as well as people have not registered in the voters register. Yet, he provided an on the spot solution everywhere he went without trying to know whether the people were of the SDF or CPDM. He also lamented the fact that the issuance of free identity cards is a snail-like slow and is always characterized by the shortage of films or carton papers in Nkambe.
But as a practical politician, he would always remind the population of the June 6, 1990 incident that took place in Ndu during which women were brutalized, forced to move naked in front of men. Hon. Awudu lamented that for 23 years now, the CPDM government has not been able to apologize for killing innocent people and for destroying the lives of many women. To Hon. Awudu Mbaya until the Biya regime apologizes to the population of Donga Mantung Division then shall anyone believe in whatever thing they have to say. He also questioned what people who have served in government like Shey Jones Yembe (11 years) and Ngafeeson Emmanuel (10 years) have done for Mbum people in term of development.To Mary Awudu, the SDF doesn’t worship money and quoting James 10:10 she cautioned that when a devil gives you a golden crown, you should be sure to loose your head.
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