By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – While the leadership of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has distanced itself from claims made by its member, former Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy that international players assisted in rigging the elections because they wanted to get their hands on Guyana’s oil, he stands by his statements.
In an article headlined, “Is oil now reason for rigged elections?” and posted on his Facebook page, Dr Ramsammy pointed out that in the vulgar haste to produce an early result Guyana may have been gifted, “with another government born out of fraud and rigging.”
“We do not believe that these suspicious elections results, however, were merely out of expediency to obtain an early result. We believe that there was an unholy alliance to ensure Guyana gifted certain stakeholders with a government, not of, by and for the people, but for international stakeholders. We believe this to be the case because one or more of these international stakeholders is interested in Guyana’s oil deposits,” Ramsammy stated in the post.
However when asked about Ramsammy’s utterances, Former President Donald Ramotar had said , “As far as I’m aware, Leslie was writing in his personal capacity. He was not writing on behalf of the PPP.”
But the Former Minister is not having any of it and is sticking to his story.
“There was clearly collusion and I want to know why…and I am saying could it be oil? I stand by my statements,” said Ramsammy at a PPP protest on Monday.
Ramsammy over the past weeks has taken to social media several times to ventilate his thoughts on the perceived rigging of the 2015 General and Regional elections.