The agreement signed on Sunday, 11 November 2018, in Geneva by the DRC opposition, agreeing to make Martin Fayulu its common candidate for the December 23 presidential election, is in serious trouble.
This follows the withdrawal from the agreement, within less than 24 hours, of two opposition heavyweight signatories namely, Felix Tshisekedi of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) and Vital Kamerhe of the Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC).
Soon after their return from Geneva, Tshisekedi and Kamerhe announced their change of heart, which they explained arose from the rejection of their political base of any support for Fayulu.
The day after the Geneva agreement, supporters of the two met in front of their party headquarters to express their disagreement with the choice of Fayulu, as the opposition flagbearer, against the candidate of the presidential majority, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary.
Fayulu, reacting to the behaviour of Tshisekedi and Kamerhe, wondered how “a serious man could voluntarily sign an agreement and then renounce it 24 hours later.”
He promised to continue to maintain his candidacy with the other signatories of the Geneva Agreement.
Fayulu took the opportunity to reiterate his rejection of the use of electronic machines for the scheduled presidential elections.
Meanwhile, Shadary’s supporters have been sending messages via social media calling on the disappointed opposition to join them in working towards the victory of the presidential majority candidate.