Ahead of elective convention: SDF Chairmanship aspirant, Godden Zama, gets blessings from traditional rulers.
His meetings with the royal fathers over the weekend, came weeks ahead of the October national elective convention of the SDF.
Godden Zama, who is currently serving as Limbe I Electoral District Chair of the SDF, was received by the traditional rulers of Bafut, Mbatu and Nsongwa in the North West Region and their peer of Wabane in Lebialem Division of the South West Region.
Zama, who is seeking election to replace the late Ni John Fru Ndi as Chairman of the SDF, used the outing to inform the royal fathers about his intention of occupying the highest office of the frontline opposition political party.
The youthful, yet experienced leader, told the monarchs that he had come to solicit their support.
Zama further said, it was the efficacy of the prayers of the traditional rulers that encouraged him to seek their prayers to succeed in his quest to come out victorious at the forthcoming elective convention of the SDF
He stressed that as a grassroot politician, he was fully prepared to represent the aspirations of supporters of the opposition political outfit once elected national chieftain.
Meanwhile, in an outing on social media, shortly after his meetings with the royal fathers, Godden Zama said, he was highly overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for the blessings and prayers offered him.
He acknowledged that the prayers and blessings showered upon him are the pillars for his success in the forthcoming election. The politician and businessman stressed that he will build on the words of wisdom of the monarchs when the opportunity to lead is given.
“It is a great honour to have had the opportunity to present my dreams, hopes and aspirations to HRH the Paramount Ruler of Bafut. His leadership, humility and unshakable determination to always stand on the side of his people inspire me. His words of advice and blessings have empowered me. His courage in the face of adversity emboldens me. I hail you my king,” Zama wrote in an outing on his verified Facebook page.
Earlier, the monarchs, in separate messages had advised Zama to be God fearing, cool headed and be a leader with charisma who will carry everyone along.
The royal fathers had offered prayers for God’s protection during his electioneering campaigns and urged him to use the period to identify some of the difficulties being faced by the people of Cameroon so that eventually when elected, he will be able to find lasting solutions to them.
Zama on path to victory
It should be recalled that Ndenge Godden Zama, who is currently serving as the Limbe Electoral District Chairman of the SDF, has announced his candidacy for the vacant post of the National Chairman of the SDF in October this year.
Zama made the announcement Saturday August 5, during a press conference at the iconic Gilgal Towers in Limbe, Fako Division of the South West Region.
In his opening remarks to the press, he said the SDF was the very symbol of the struggles of Cameroonians to live in freedom and dignity.
His bid to become chairman, he insisted, was to help fulfil such a lofty dream.
“The goal of this movement is to build a party that can ensure that not just our supporters, but the entire Cameroonian nation can live a dignified life. No nation can talk of growth and development if its citizens cannot be offered a dignified life,” Zama said.
While noting the precarious nature of life in Cameroon, characterised by corruption, high prices for basic goods, Cameroonians dying on their way to America in the jungles and the bloody war in the two restive regions of Cameroon, Zama vowed to bring hope to Cameroonians in the face of all the challenges.
“I am running because I believe, like you, that dignity is possible. I believe, like you, that no matter what they do to us we have a collective will that is unbreakable. It is not possible to see a people more resilient than the Cameroonian people; it's not possible to see a generation of young people more vibrant than the Cameroonian youth. Despite everything that has been thrown at them, they get up every day with a smile and try to find solutions to these very complex problems,” Zama stated.
Position on crisis in NW, SW
Outlining his plan with regards to the socio-political conflict in the North West and South West Regions, Zama vowed to end the crisis in six months if elected.
Pressed on his strategy to resolve such a crisis, he said he was holding his cards to his chest until he was elected the National Chairman of his party.
Speaking to the press about the late National Chairman of the SDF, Ni John Fru Ndi, Zama promised to continue with his legacy and do even more like the late leader would have wanted.
On his chances of winning the national chairmanship race of his party, Zama was optimistic given his experience through the base of the party.