Fru Ndi’s Latest Bafia Dance Petals of Pristine Greed & Primal Avarice By Ntemfac Aloysius Nkong Ofege Update: Even while pretending that he has given the so-called National Coalition for the Reconciliation and Reconstruction one week to settle the difference over the presidential candidate imbroglio, Fru Ndi has triggered the mechanism for his designed-to- fail campaign for presidentials 2004. SDF District chairmen in the North West province have been given their orders to start campaigning for Mr. John. The fact now stands that come rain come sunshine Mr. John of Ntarinkon will be a candidate. Head honcho Mbah Ndam is in the South West to trigger Fru Ndi’s campaigns to nowhere. ‚You cannot emerge from the bush and expect to lead a state,‛ said UPC member Hogbe Nlend of John Fru Ndi’s latest goof, Hogbe Nlend is a member of the selection committee that voted for Ndam Njoya as the single candidate of the opposition. We foray into a fine mess. The Thorny Road to the Impossible Single Candidate of the Opposition Those who have been reading insights and Follow the Money meaning into the In 1997, Mr. Fru Ndi of Ntarinkon refused publications of this to go for the presidential elections website could see it because: coming. We had warned Mr. Paul Biya of Etoudi had rigged the that the main reason Mr. process by not creating an Independent Biya is still lording it Electoral Commission over Cameroon today is simply that it is yet to 1. Mr. Biya was not offering any sink into Mr. Fru Ndi’s money to candidates running head that he is the against him. problem. Way back in In 2002 Mr. Fru Ndi of Ntarinkon and 1997 a collective of the SDF went for parliamentary and diplomats based in council elections because: Yaounde told Fru Ndi to 1. Without creating an genuinely his face that his was not the right face to replace Mr. Independent Electoral Commission Biya. The Chairman was told to groom a candidate. and without halting his tendency to That time Mr. Fru Ndi typically got start raving mad. rig elections Mr. Paul Biya of When the SDF created a so-called coalition for Etoudi had offered circa 500 Million Reconciliation and Reconstruction of Cameroon and gave it a three year mandate to set up democratic FCFA to bring out the SDF and institutions for the country, long rangers mistakenly similar unprincipled fronts led by thought Mr. Fru Ndi had seen the light and was their avarice; actually grooming a candidate even if only for the Conclusion. Despite the obvious fact transition. Wrong. Now the fact stands that having lost that Mr. Paul Biya of Etoudi will still woefully in the 2002 joint parliamentary-municipal rig the October 11, 2004 elections this elections in Francophone Cameroon the SDF and Mr. scribe will posit that Mr. John of John wanted to pull a fast one on the Francophones. At Ntarinkon has now transformed into the same time, the Francophones still mistakenly think Ivan the Hurricane and is sweeping all that Fru Ndi is indispensable to any bid to wrest in his path (even Ndam Njoya, the power from Mr. Biya. He is not. As one time SDF democratically elected candidate of the provincial chairman for the North West, martin Yembe wrote in the latest edition of his NEW Frontier opposition) to run for the 2004 newspaper. ‚75% of those who initially believed in the elections with the hindsight and now SDF have since left,‛ thanks mainly to the cavalier, foresight that Mr. Paul of Etoudi will provide some money. Simple logic. dictatorial, temperamental, blind, etc. manner in which Mr. John has mismanaged the party. Unlike Awolowo, John Fru Ndi may never even be the best president Cameroon never had. The LIBERAL Single Candidate Simulation – Djeukam Tchameni Winner Mr. Fru Ndi’s latest flip-flop has a long history. On the 12th of February 2004, a group calling itself the Ligue Belgo-Africain pour le Rétablissement des Libertés Fondamentales en Afrique (LIBERAL) based in Bruxelles, firstname.lastname@example.org Tel : 0477 13 00 31 invited media practitioners in Douala for an exercise with significant intellectual and political ramifications. Operating on the premise that journalists were best suited to tell who would make an excellent presidential candidate the political correspondents of the following news organs were invited to say who they thought would make an excellent presidential candidate for the 2004 presidential elections. Reporters, especially those covering the political desks of their respective organs, came from the following news organs: 1. Aurore Plus 2. Cameroon Tribune 3. DDC- Douala (The City Council’s Communications Unit); 4. Global 5. La Nouvelle Expression 6. La Missive 7. Le Messager 8. Le Miroir 9. Mutations 10. CBN Radio 11. Radio Equinoxe 12. Radio Television Siantou 13. Star Headlines 14. Sweet FM 15. The Herald 16. BBC’s Douala Correspondent LIBERAL had forwarded to the journalist a list of what it perceived as ‘objective’ criteria (profile) to determine the best candidate to challenge incumbent Paul Biya for the 2004 presidential elections. The criteria included: 1. Party Structure (whether the candidate’s party was local, national, international or all of the above); 2. Education (the candidate’s level of education i.e. candidates with PhD or the doctorat d’état had 4pts; those with Third Cycle or Masters had 3points; those with First Degree 2pts while those while those below that had 1pt); 3. Profession (those with international jobs had 4pts, those in the liberal profession 3pts, 4. civil servants 2pts and the others 1pt) 5. Entry in Struggle (against the neo- colonial state) Candidates who entered the struggle before 1982 had 4pts, those from 1082-189 3pts, those from 1990-1995 2pts and those after that 1pt) 6. Bilingualism (the perfectly bilingual candidates scored 4pts, the averagely bilingual candidates scored 3points, those who could just make it 2pts and those who were zero score 1pt) 7. Marital Status (with the argument that candidates with stable marriages were better able to manage the state); Those who were married with children scored 4pts; those married without children scored 3pts, those divorced but with children scored 2pts and the bachelors scored 1pt) 8. Spectacular action against the regime; (Exceptional action against the regime was 4pts, spectacular action against the regime was 3pts, notable action against the regime was 2pts and ordinary action against the regime was 1pt) 9. Age; (those between 35-45 years scored 4pys, those between 46-55 years scored 3pts, those between 56-65 years scored 2 points and those between 66-75 years scored 1pt) 10. Party Ideology (with the argument that candidates with a vision were best suited for Cameroon); 11. Collaboration with Neocolonialism (regime hands past, present or future could not change Cameroon so they received low scores); 12. Morality. Homosexuals, chronic adulterers, liars and folks known to have swiped public funds received low scores. 13. Health. Candidates with cancer, hypertension, and diabetes received low points. To this list the reporters added other criteria like temperament, eligibility (ELECTABILITY) and financial capacity. However, these new categories did not feature in the final report as presented by the reporters. Little did the journalists who participated in this exercise know that these same criteria would be used seven months later by the CNRR Electoral College to produce Adamou Ndam Njoya as the singe candidate of the Opposition! Some of the criteria in the above list had a higher coefficient, for example Party structure and implantation, bilingualism, action against the regime, party ideology, and morality were maximum coefficient (10). Education was coefficient 8 while the others were coefficients 5 each. The list of potential candidates fielded by LIBERAL included: 1. Djeukam Tchameni 2. Samuel Mackit 3. Ekane Anicet 4. Christian Cardinal Tumi 5. Yondo Marcel 6. Hameni Bieuleu 7. Christopher Formunyoh 8. Bernard Muna 9. Garga Haman The detail scores of the candidates can be read in the 10. Jean Jacques result sheet. The following candidates scored the Ekindi 11. John Fru Ndi following points: FRU NDI was 12th! 12. Adamou Ndam 1. Mr. Djeukam Tchameni 286pts Njoya 2. Mr. Samuel Mack-Kit 265pts 13. Kodock Augustin 3. Mr. Ekane Anicet 247pts 14. Bello Bouba 4. Christian Cardinal Tumi 215pts The journalists added 5. Mr. Yondo Black 210pts Sanda Oumarou, 6. Hameni Bieuleu Victorien 193pts Boniface Forbin, and 7. Christoper Formunyoh 176pts Ngoh Pierre Fritz 8. Bernard Muna 160pts Maitre Baleng Maah 9. Garga Haman 158pts Celestin, a Douala- 10. Boniface Forbin 153 pts based Bailiff (342-10- 37) duly observed the 11. Ekindi Jean Jacques 149pts authenticity and 12. John Fru Ndi 149pts sincerity of the 13. Adamou Ndam Njoya 146pts exercise while the 14. Sanda Oumarou 123pts Chairman and 15. Ngo Fritz 108pts Delegate of United 16. Kodock Augustin 1006pts Media Incorporated 17. Bello Bouba 90pts and Chairman of the 18. Paul Biya 24pts. Cameroon Business Network Radio. Mr. While it is most obvious that the criteria set Ntemfac Nchwete provided by LIBERAL could only produce the Nkong Ofege above results it is also obvious that and expert at Aloysius presided manipulative communication could produce a over the exercise. Based on a list of different set of criteria to invent a different set of criteria similar to outcomes. those used by the CNRR Committee, Fru Ndi came 12th out of 18th candidates. The Proces-Verbal of the findings as delivered by the journalists is herein attached. This process-Verbal was never published for several reasons; 1. The above exercise was very illegal for it violates the rights of citizens to run for public office by making those rights subordinate to their level of education. It is most astonishing that the SDF with its bevy of AIRHEADED lawyers (Mbah Ndam) allowed Mr. Fru Ndi to first take part in a similar exercise only for the SDF to turn around and repudiate the results. Stolen Victory, Ndam Njoya must be screeching. 2. Representatives of some presidential hopefuls who had somehow smuggle themselves into the Arcade Hotel where the simulation took place threatened to sue the journalists because their candidates had not been presented in favourable light; 3. Representatives of some media houses objected a posteriori to the exercise on the claims that they might be fired by their bosses if they took a stand that was judged political; 4. Cameroon law proscribed opinion surveys ahead of elections; 5. Some politicians calmly smuggled militant-reporters into the collective of reporters; 6. The result of the exercise was deemed unscientific because the ‘eligibility and electability criteria’ were never taken into consideration; 7. The reporters also demanded to know who exactly the members of LIBERAL were and who exactly was behind the exercise. It is alleged that an arms of the The following report on a French government was behind the exercise. simulation of presidential candidates based on the same criteria used by Cameroon’s Coalition for The CNRR Single Candidate Reconciliation and Reconstruction, CNRR, executed by a collective of Simulation Cameroonian journalists was censored because this On the night of September 11th, Cameroon’s the SDF sat down in the CPDM reporter who had the Congress Hall in Bamenda to elect its candidate for the candidature of the privilege of presiding over 2004 presidential elections. Candidate for the candidature because the SDF the selection committee candidate had to face other candidates from the CNRR for the lone ticket to made up of journalists was then challenge the CPDM candidate, Paul Biya. Believe it or not the SDF threatened with a court election was rigged! Those suspected of harbouring anti-Fru Ndi sentiments action if the results were were never invited to Bamenda while those within the Congress hall like released. We acquiesced Orlando Monju, a onetime Fru Ndi stooge now turned opponent, who because Cameroon’s law ventured to request that Fru Ndi be called to order for campaigning ahead of actually prohibits opinion surveys ahead of major time had his mandibles broken by Fru Ndi’s thugs. elections! Pro-Fru Ndi hands like a certain Pierre Kwemo of Bafang who even retained his seat in parliament under dubious circumstances (the lone SDF seat in East Cameroon) organized charters only for FRU Ndi’s delegates from the three Northern provinces. The press, Le Messager No. 1710, has reported that Kwemo went about bribing and corrupting the delegates to vote Fru Ndi. The press has even insinuated that the bribe money came from the CPDM. Recall that Mr. Fru Ndi has never refuted press reports that he received 150 million FCFA bribe money from Kwemo some years ago when the Western provincial coordination of the SDF wanted to get rid of Kwemo. Other agitators like Awudu Mbaya, Mbah Ndam and Yoyo also finances only pro-Fru Ndi delegates to the SDF extra-ordinary Convention. Armed with a hall-full of delegates specially screened to handclap him to victory, Fru Ndi recorded a moon slide victory over his two rivals – Bernard Muna and Noucti Tchokwango. The scores were as follows: Accredited Delegates: 1470 Voters 1204 Valid ballots 1185 The CNRR Criteria for Determining Fru Ndi 994 or 83.8% Noucti 132 the Single Candidate Muna 59 1. Must be a member of a political party Null Ballots 19 2. Must have a good knowledge of All members of the CNRR who had Cameroon hope that Bernard Muna would 3. Party Implantation in at least 6 provinces emerge victorious from the SDF 4. Must have representation in council in convention so that the speedily National Assembly make him the single candidate of 5. Must have participated in the fight for the opposition left Bamenda Change disappointed. 6. Must be a Nationalist and an anti- Way ahead of the SDF Convention, neocolonialist the Coalition including Mr. Fru Ndi had set up an agreed on the 7. Must be accepted by the two colonial modalities of selecting the powers – France and Britain opposition single candidate. That 8. Must have a basic Education background selection process was to be based on 9. Must have the financial clout 15 points published herein. Despite 10. Must be bilingual the highly illegal nature of these 11. Must have been a state functionary criteria because they violated the 12. Must be open to dialogue law governing presidential elections 13. Must be tolerant in Cameroon, Mr. Fru Ndi agreed to 14. Must be morally upright these terms of reference. 15. Must be resistant to corruption So it was that on September 15th the CNRR gathered at the SDF locus in Yaounde to select its candidate. Those running were Dr George Nyamdi, Hon Yondo Marcel, Mr. Sanda Oumarou, Dr Adamou Ndam Njoya, Ni John Fru Ndi and, strangely, Edouard Akame Mfoumou, proposed by Dr Sinjoun Pokam. The Electoral Commission was made up of the following; 1. Issa Tchiroma Bakary (Dynamique du Nord) President 2. Moukouri Maka (MDP) Member 3. Antar Gassagaye (UPR) Member 4. Hogbe Nlend (UPC) Member 5. Tazoacha Asonganyi (SDF) Member 6. Pierre Mouafo (SDF) Member 7. Zamboue Pascal (SDF) Member 8. Yimgaing Moyo (UDC) Member 9. Bebbe Njoh (SDF) Member 10. Jean Pahai (PPC) Member Note that the SDF had 04 (FOUR!) members in the Electoral College! The ‘voting’ process proper had to be by consensus in the following seven stages: 1. Examination of candidatures. 2. Negotiating withdrawal of some candidates. Dr George Nyamdi, Marcel Yondo withdrew. The candidature of Akame Mfoumou was also pulled back because he was not present to sign the 03 year Transition programme defined by the CNRR. 3. Screening of Candidatures based on 15 points. Ndam Njoya’s files fulfilled all 15 conditions. He had 15 points. Sanda Oumarou’s party was present only in 3 provinces and the man did not have representation in parliament and the councils. He scored 12 points. Fru Ndi was deemed untrustworthy, incapable of keeping his word, not bilingual, intolerant, capable of bringing a civil war, incapable of respecting the constitution. The heavy presence of SDF members in the Commission gave Fru Ndi 11points. 4. Negotiating withdrawal of those who did not meet the 15 points. Three candidates now remained. Ndam Njoya, Sanda and Fru Ndi 5. Elimination of one candidate based on party implantation. 6. Withdrawal of One candidate. Sanda Oumarou was eliminated. 7. Meeting with facilitators to negotiate withdrawal of last candidate. While the negotiations were going on Fru walked out of the session Mr. John of Ntarinkon is now on a foray into the wild sea on a leaky canoe. The critical fact remains: Fru Ndi cannot beat Paul Biya. Ndam Njoya cannot beat Paul Biya. Fru Ndi and Ndam Njoya combined cannot beat Paul Biya and his infernal rigging machine. There are about 4.800.000 Cameroonians registered today. More than 70% of them are exclusively CPDM militants. If Fru Ndi can win his party’s nomination by creating a selected electorate why blame Mr. Biya. The fact now stands that our insights into Mr. Fru Ndi’s character; motives, greed and flip-flops have been vindicated. The mask has now been uncovered and the face behind it is as hideous as we suspected. Greed. The fact now stands that having lost the West province and Francophone Cameroon in the 2002 elections, Fru Ndi and the SDF wanted to bolster their ebbing fortunes by leaning on a bunch of dubious Francophone leaders. At the same time the Francophone leaders wanted to use whatever remains of the SDF to frog-leap to Etoudi. For a time these strange bedfellows gave some semblance of hope to the prisoners of hope in Cameroon. Then greed, the forensic ideology of the SDF Chairman, rose in might and the coalition came unstuck. Now Mr. Biya can safely claim another 90% moon slide victory and SEVEN MORE YEARS.