By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – General Secretary of the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Clement Rohee believes that Opposition Leader David Granger may have person (s) within his ranks who are seeking to undermine him.
Rohee said Granger has to be vigilant because he may have Fifth Columnist within his ranks; recalling the recent statement by Shadow Finance Minister, Carl Greenidge.
Despite Granger announcing that he was willing to meet and hold discussions with the Executive on the pending confidence vote and local government elections, Greenidge had said that there was no need to consult with the government. To this end, Rohee says he finds this “challenge” by Greenidge to be very indiscipline.
“Granger seems to have Fifth Columnists within his ranks, who have a different view and have no difficulty in publicly saying so,” Rohee added.
Speaking more specifically to the pending No Confidence Motion, anticipated to be debate in coming days, Rohee said his Party is looking to see how the dynamics of the motion will play out.
Since the Motion was tabled in August, Rohee had claimed that the Party’s
executive did not discuss the development extensively.
“PPP is closely monitoring the situation. We are very interested in how it will play out and when it comes for Party to be more explicit on the matter we will certainly do,” he added.
He said the Alliance for Change (AFC) Moses Nagamootoo piloted motion seems to be in limbo. Speaker of the House and AFC Executive Raphael Trotman told reporters last week that the motion is in order and can be debated once the date is set.
Today, Rohee said he is not aware that a date has been set, however, AFC’s General Secretary Patterson had said last week that October 16 will be the date for the highly anticipated show down that could last for months.
According to the PPP GS, AFC is trying desperately not to lose out on the motion.
“The AFC is of the belief that time is moving against them and is working hard to ensure the motion finds its rightful place in the National Assembly,” Rohee added.
He said too that from all indications, the AFC is looking to pile pressure on the main opposition – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) – to support the motion.
“When Ramjattan made the public statement about four Judas being offered 30 pieces of silver each and he said it was APNU people, that was another means of putting pressure on APNU because he got information that a group of people in the APNU were pushing more for local government elections,” Rohee reasoned.
He says there continues to be contradictory statements emanating from the APNU but assured that the PPP was preparing for any eventuality.
The AFC maintains that it is going through with the motion which can see the holding of general elections within three months of its passage while the APNU is currently applying considerable pressure on the executive to announce a date for the holding of local government elections.