Greg Mewanu won 64 of the 75 validly cast votes to unseat incumbent Victor Nkelle Ngoh who chickened out of the race following his defeat at the primaries. 11 null ballots were counted.
Nkelle Ngoh was elected Kumba City Mayor on March 3, 2020, following the February 9 twin municipal and legislative elections. He secured 38 votes while Mewanu got 31 and Stephen Ekoko Mwelle had six.
But Greg Mewanu seized the South West Administrative Court for the elections to be annulled. When the court in Buea upheld the results of the elections in an April 9 ruling, Mewanu appeared before the Administrative Bench of the Supreme Court to seek redress.
On Thursday, September 24, 2020, the Supreme Court canceled the March 3, 2020, Kumba City Mayoral elections, ordering a repeat. The Senior Divisional Officer, SDO, for Meme, Chamberlain Ntou’ou Ndong went ahead to program fresh elections for today, October 22, 2020.
Today, therefore, marks the end of Nkelle Ngoh’s stay at the helm of the Kumba City Council. He was first appointed Government Delegate to the Kumba City Council in 2009 to replace Cavern Nnoko Mbelle who had held the office for a decade.
During a meeting with the 75 councilors from Kumba I, II and III sub-divisional councils, a Central Committee delegation of the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM, to Kumba, led by Paul TASONG NJUKANG, Minister Delegate in charge of Planning at Cameroon’s Ministry of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development, failed to strike a consensus.
In the internal CPDM party primaries that preceded the election of the new City Mayor, Mewanu got 42 votes while Nkelle Ngoh got 33. But in the real elections chaired by the eldest councilor, Mewanu carried the day with 64 votes. It is not known if Nkelle Ngoh will accept the final results after quitting the race at the 11th hour.
Meanwhile, Balike Esuka Victorine epse Ebanja and Sako Umana McMillan were respectively elected First Deputy City Mayor and Second Deputy City Mayor of Kumba. They will both accompany Mewanu in charting a new development path for Kumba.