Saturday, 6 May 2017

President Paul Biya sacks boss of ELECAM, Dr Samuel Fonkam Azu’u

After 8 years at the helm of the elections governing body ELECAM, Dr Samuel Fonkam Azu’u has been ejected from the structure.

He has been replaced by former governor Enow Abrams Egbe and former inspector at the ministry of sports and physical education Amougou Abena Apauline as vice president. The mandate of some ELECAM board members which had expired in January this year has been extended by four years by the head of state. Some new members have also been appointed to join the board members of ELECAM including Abena Apauline, Dieudonne Amougou and Mbu Peter.

These decisions are contained in a series of decrees signed and made public yesterday by President Paul Biya.

The new ELECAM boss reacts positively to his appointment and calls for the collaboration of the media.

Mr. Enow Abrams Egbe says “I am grateful for the choice of the Head of State, for renewed confidence in my modest person. I want to cease this opportunity to say that we are called for better challenges. We have to put all hands on deck and work together to make it work. I think that with the collaboration of the media. The media must be positive so that we give our country a good electoral system”.

The replacement of Dr. Samuel Fonkam Azu’u at the helm of ELECAM is coming less than a month after he had a heated argument with the general manager of ELECAM Abdoulai Babale over the payment of certain benefits to board members. The General Manager of ELECAM had refused to pay up saying he was not sure of their status as ELECAM board members.

The now sacked ELECAM president Dr. Fonkam Azu’u, argued that he remains a board member until the head of state appoints new members or extends the mandates of the old members. It should be noted that the former Director General of ELECAM Sani Tanimu before being sacked, also had conflicts with Dr Samuel Fonkam Azu’u.

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