David Patterson resigns as AFC’s General Secretary

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David Patterson has tendered his resignation as General Secretary of the Alliance For Change (AFC).

Sources indicate that Patterson may have taken this step after coalition partner A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), which has a history of infringements against the smaller party, locked the AFC out from the Vice Chair position for the Region Four Regional Democratic Council (RDC) despite a previous agreement.

The previous agreement that Patterson helped craft, according to reports, had stipulated that the AFC would get the Vice Chair positions in Regions Seven and Four.

APNU candidate, former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Captain Daniel Seeram, was elected to Chair.

AFC had nominated Neilson McKenzie for the Vice Chairman position, APNU nominated Samuel Sandy and the PPP nominated Desmond Morian.

Voting was along party lines, as APNU and PPP cast their 14 votes each for their candidates and the AFC, with its five votes, backed McKenzie.

Seeram then used his deciding vote to elect Sandy.

It is understood that in his letter of resignation, Patterson committed to remaining in the party and playing a role. However, that role would not include General Secretary. Calls to Patterson and party leader, Khemraj Ramjattan, went unanswered.