Africo Selman resigns from APNU; expected to join PPP/C

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By Fareeza Haniff

Africo Selman.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Long time member of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)/A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Africo Selman has resigned from the Party, effective February 26.

General Secretary of the APNU, Joseph Harmon told iNews that Selman stated in her resignation that she was “tired of the infighting in the APNU.” Harmon noted that Selman never made her concerns known to the leadership prior to her resignation.

iNews understands that the former Parliamentarian’s resignation came as no surprise to the Party; however sources close to Selman told iNews that she is expected to join the governing People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), where she was offered a diplomatic post.

Information reaching iNews also suggests that another APNU Member from one of the hinterland regions is expected to join the PPP/C. Meanwhile, Harmon said that Selman’s decision will in no way affect the elections campaign of the Party.

“We are much stronger now…the coalition with the AFC has made us much stronger. We are better organized now to do more and we are pressing ahead with our campaign and more people are joining us,” Harmon told iNews.

He further noted that since Parliament was prorogued on November 10, 2014, Selman did not do “any parliamentary type of work like the others.”

“We wish Ms Selman all the best in her future endeavors.” When asked about the possibility of Selman joining the PPP/C, the General Secretary said “if that is her direction, she is basically condemning herself to the life of the Opposition.”

The former APNU Parliamentarian joined the PNCR in 2006 and campaigned under the leadership of Robert Corbin. iNews understands that she was encouraged to join the PNCR by Aubrey Norton.

APNU sources told iNews that the Party suspected something was amiss with Selman since her commitment to the APNU “turned shaky” when current leader, David Granger took over.

The PNCR’s website described Selman as one of the “vibrant young members” of the Party. The website noted that she is an effective speaker and “a very articulate representative of the issues affecting the young people.”

Selman was educated at Queens College and the University of Guyana where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in International Relations.