By Tracey Khan-Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Presidential Candidate of the APNU/AFC coalition David Granger believes that former President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo is a ‘liability’ to the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP). He made this comment following the announcement that Dr. Jagdeo has fully returned to the political arena with the addition of his name on the PPP’s List of candidates for the upcoming May 11, 2015 General and Regional elections.
After presenting the APNU+AFC coalition’s list of candidates to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) at City Hall on Tuesday April 07, Granger weighed in on the prolific return that former President Jagdeo is making by appearing on the list of candidates for the PPP.
Granger does not believe that Dr. Jagdeo will have any impact at the upcoming polls on the electorate, “Mr. Jagdeo has been known to say things that are not consistent with the truth…I don’t think people want to hear from him after years of crime, corruption and cronyism, I don’t think they want to hear from Mr. Jagdeo at all.”
When questioned about the coalition’s list of candidate, Granger did not offer much but noted that, “we have a balance list…we have committed ourselves to competency and balance so we have a list that is going to be able to move this country forward, that’s the important thing.”
He noted that their focus is not so much on personalities but will reflect experience and balance. He has since promised to reveal their list of candidates soon.
Meanwhile, Vanessa Kissoon’s name has been excluded from the APNU’s list; Granger told reporters. He did not say whether Kissoon has been informed of the Party’s decision but said their focus is on balance and experience.
“She served two terms, we have a list of criteria and those criteria were applied…we selected persons based on the list of criteria,” he explained.
Kissoon has been a controversial figure in the Party and was recently charged and placed before the courts in Linden after reportedly threatening PPP supporters at a rally in the mining town. She was also embroiled in a number of disagreements with the leader of the Opposition and other Party officials in the past.