November 09, 2011
Biya's Next Gov't - If Agbor Tabi Is PM
"The worst you can receive from him is a promise; especially if it is conformed to an oath. After that, every wise man retires and turns his mind to something else." This is the opinion of 18th Century satirist, Jonathan Swift, about a Prime Minister, known as "First Minister of State" in his day. Whether in a Parliamentary system like Britain, where he is elected or in a Presidential system, where he is appointed, the post of Prime Minister is loaded with a lot of privileges. No doubt, Swift says, some people are ready to sacrifice members of their families to become Prime Minister.
Until 2004, nobody could guess whom Biya would appoint PM. But since he appointed, first Ephraim Inoni and later Philemon Yang, both Assistant Secretaries General at the Presidency; the Presidency has, generally, been perceived as a nursery or springboard for future Prime Ministers. The Cameroonian, who seemingly holds this view more than everyone else, is Professor Peter Agbor Tabi, the present Assistant Secretary General at the Presidency.
Most of his political scheming, since he was appointed to this post, suggests this. In fairness to Agor Tabi, it must be admitted that, like all adult educated Cameroonians, he has the right to aspire to the highest position in the land. It is the manner in which the aspirant works to realise his political dream that deserves praise or blame.
The first thing to note here is that Agbor Tabi always strives to portray himself as the Southwest Regionís political kingpin. A clear instance is the manner in which he tried to impose an agenda on the Southwest Mega Forum that held on January 29, 2011. His insistence that the Forum should send a motion of support to Biya, exceeded the bounds of commonsense.
That Forum was attended by members of different political parties.
To impose a CPDM agenda on the meeting was as thoughtless as it was impudent. Fortunately, he found Southwesterners, more of less malleable and manipulable than he had imagined, thanks to Buea Mayor, Charles Mbela Moki - a man who can never be browbeaten, by whomsoever, to call a spade by a different name. Mbella Moki reminded him, and justifiably so, that it was not a CPDM section conference.
The standing ovation Hon. Paul Ayah received on the occasion was a tacit vote of no confidence for Abor Tabi who, till date, detests and dreads the raw courage of the Akwaya MP. That showdown was, however, not enough to devastate Agbor Tabi, who soon hatched another scheme to upstage himself. Biya had announced that the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Cameroon's independence would begin in 2010 and culminate in that of Reunification in 2011.
After the Golden Jubilee of the Cameroon Armed Forces, which followed that of Independence in Yaounde, it was logically concluded that Buea was the suitable venue for the Reunification fiesta. Cameroonians drew this conclusion without taking into cognizance the over-ingenuity of the spoiler, Agbor Tabi, who preferred Kumba for egoistic and not historical or aesthetic reasons.
There is something pathetically ironical about many Anglophone Cameroonians. Youths, who never lived the West Cameroon era with its near-perfect democratic institutions, are eager to go back to a glorious past they never knew, while adults who lived it, even as youths, are doing everything their imagination can conceive, to blur that golden epoch.
Mbella Moki learned about West Cameroon from archives, textbooks and narratives and is doing everything within his powers to preserve this historic treasure for future generations; but Agbor Tabi, who lived the era and should be boiling with nostalgia for it, is one of those cynics anxious to blur the memory of it.
The summary of it all is that Biya finally omitted Buea from the list of the Golden Jubilee's historical places to visit. Even if the idea of going to Buea were a passing fancy, the feud between Agbor Tabi and Mbella Moki over the venue, fuelled by the former, gave him the excuse Biya needed to skip the Southwest regional capital.
As it is the case with most persons who speak before they reflect, "basket mouth" Agbor Tabi, when he came to Bamenda for a controversial fundraiser geared towards the fostering of voter registration through national identity cards production, boasted that Manyu was the Dja et Lobo of the Southwest. Dja et Lobo is the home division of Paul Biya where the President scored 99.9 and above in the controversial Presidential Election. Manyu came third in the Southwest in the same election, not even second.
And to worsen matters, the votes were not even genuinely won. Agbor Tabi had to engage in a political sliding tackle with Hon. Paul Ayah's supporters in Akwaya and Manyu, before he could squeeze out political cold water for Biya to drink in Manyu."Bolshevik Victory", it can best be described. Here, I deem it necessary to point out that the real electoral mischief in Cameroon is done by the likes of Agbor Tabi, political cut-purses who seize the precious diadem, the people's votes and put in their pockets.
The violence that characterised voting in parts of Manyu where Agbor Tabi was determined to win by fair or foul means shows to what extent most of our appointed officials can go to keep their jobs. It is true that Biya is the puppet master, but the electoral sins are committed by those on the ground; the likes of Agbor Tabi, Paul Nji Atanga and Stephen Njikong.
Njikong is the author of the scandalous electoral theft in Nwa, Donga-Mantung, where everybody in the Subdivision, including even those who had long died or left, voted for Biya on October 9. It hurts to reflect that most of those who spearhead these Machiavellian acts are fervent church goers, persons who studied in mission colleges or were groomed in Anglo-Saxon universities where moral education is primordial.
Agbor Tabi should know that what is divinely reserved for somebody will come to that person without the asking. Achidi Achu, Peter Musonge and Philemon Yang, did not scheme to be appointed PM as Swift says and as the Assistant Secretary General at the Presidency is doing.
Achidi Achu could have used his position to win the 1996 Municipals in Santa that brought his downfall.
Yang won the 2007 twin elections and the October 9 Presidential Election in Oku, without any intimidation. Agbor Tabi should not forget that the ruthlessness he used to get University of Yaounde students in the early 90s to comply with the demand for the payment of fees, will not earn for him the office of the Prime Minister.
If he were a political prophet known and loved in his hometown, he wouldn't need political ambush to secure electoral victories. If he has to ascend to the office of the Prime Ministry by this means, it can be imagined what a nightmare the Star Building would be to Cameroonians.
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