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Joshua Osih, First- Ever Anglophone MP In Douala 

By Joe Dinga Pefok
 

CameroonPostline.com — The victory of Joshua Osih, 1st Vice Chairman of the SDF in Wouri Centre Constituency, goes down in the annals of history as the first-ever Anglophone to be elected MP in Douala, Littoral Region.


 

The SDF also becomes the first political party to have an Anglophone MP in Douala. Osih is MP in Wouri Centre Constituency, which has, over the years, been considered as a preserve for the indigenes of Douala. Wouri Centre is also the constituency and ‘village’ of many CPDM bigwigs like the Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, Laurent Esso, as well as three First Class Chiefs who are all CPDM (Chiefs of Cantons Bell, Akwa, and Deido). 
 

Osih wasn’t just battling against CPDM bigwigs and Chiefs, his party, the SDF, was also contesting against six political parties in Wouri Centre Constituency, which has three parliamentary seats. Besides the SDF, the parties in contest were the CPDM, MP, MANIDEM, CDU, and CRM. The CPDM list was headed by a member of the party’s Central Committee, Albert Dooh-Collins, while the CDU list which was headed by the party’s Vice President, Sam Mbaka, also had the support of Kah Walla’s CPP as well as UPC and Bernard Muna’s AFP.
 

The list of Mouvement Progressiste was headed by the party’s leader and former Presidential candidate and Parliamentarian, Jean Jacques Ekindi, while MANIDEM’s list was headed by the party’s former National President and former Presidential candidate, Anicet Ekane. Osih, who headed the SDF list, was the only person from outside the Littoral Region; he hails from the Southwest Region.
 

First published in The Post print edition no 01476

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