Presidential Election: North West CPDM Elite Raise Over FCFA 154 Million For Campaigns

North West elites of the governing CPDM party have vowed to give President Paul Biya a resounding victory in the upcoming presidential poll, reason why they gathered in Yaoundé to raise funds for the campaign which will kick off on September 22.

Shawn-Nathan Epang

Preparations within the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) are intensifying ahead of the October 7 presidential election. As soon as the Electoral Board of Elections Cameroon published the list of nine candidates retained for the race, including the incumbent President Paul Biya, the ruling party which he is the champion has increased efforts to ensure victory for their candidate. This is the case of North West CPDM elites who gathered beside their Regional Central Committee Permanent Representative, Prime Minister Philemon Yang to raise funds to finance campaign operations in the North West Region.

Instantly, the North West CPDM elites raised FCFA 154,589,000 to finance campaign operations of the CPDM candidate, President Paul Biya in the October 7 election. The massive mobilisation of the North West elites resident in and out of Yaounde and the amount realised on the first day is telling of the determination the North West CPDM elite have to see their candidate emerge victorious in the upcoming poll. The calibre of sons and daughters from the North West Region, including senior government officials, members of the National Assembly,; Senators, business operators all gathered at the Yaounde Town Hall to speak one language; that is vigorous campaign for candidate Paul Biya so he wins his presidential bid.

North West business tycoon Baba Danpullo contributed a whopping FCFA 30 million support. Philemon Yang during the fund raising event said NW CPDM elite are extraordinary people who do extraordinary things in extraordinary ways. He equally stated that he is counting on their active participation when campaigns are launched.

Though campaigns are yet to be officially opened, the elite hold that they are setting the necessary stages of the electoral process well ahead of time.  Senator Chafah Isaac said they are raising the funds in order to comfortably kick-start campaigns on September 22. It emerged from the North West elite come together ground that meetings to fine-tune campaign strategies in the region will be held in Bamenda during the weekend.

According to the Electoral Code in its Section 87 (1), the electoral campaign shall open on the fifteenth day proceeding the election and close at midnight on the eve of the Election Day. With the presidential election billed for October 7, campaigns will therefore begin on September 22. It is therefore on this backdrop that the CPDM North West elite are mobilizing funds in order to better manage their campaigns once they are launched.

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