By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo has criticized the 58% – 62% prediction win by the APNU+AFC, nothing that if Presidential Candidate of the coalition, Brigadier David Granger was being schooled by one of his [Jagdeo] teachers from Buxton, he [Granger] would have received “62 lashes on his backside for misleading the people.”
Jagdeo, during his address to thousands of PPP supporters at Lusignan, East Coast Demerara at the Party’s final rally before Guyana head to the polls on Monday (May 11), urged that persons should not be misled by the predictions of the Opposition Coalition.
“Comrades I am from the East Coast and I had a wonderful teacher from Buxton; her name was Audrey Payne. She was a very stern teacher…they used to use the cane a lot, nowadays we don’t do that. Granger said they would win 62% of the votes; if Granger was in Audrey Payne’s class, he would have had 62 lashes on his backside for misleading people,” said Jagdeo.
The former President believes that Granger’s prediction has ulterior motives, nothing that the coalition is looking for excuses should they lose the elections.
“Granger didn’t do this out of the blues. There are two objectives, I believe in doing this. One – set a high figure so that if you lose the elections, you can claim that you were cheated; or secondly say that you will win 62% because you will demoralize PPP supporters into not turning out…We must not be fooled by this bogus electoral arithmetic,” the former President told a hyped crowd.
Meanwhile, he also chastised the coalition for what he described as “playing on the mindset of religious people” by implying that they are “Moses and David” from the Bible.
“Well they are no David of the Bible or Moses of the Bible. They are a bunch of people who are basing their entire campaign on a campaign of lies, distortion and no vision.
“How could Granger say he is righteous and deny an essential part of our history…Granger in this day and age in 2015, denies that elections under the PNC was ever rigged. If you can start your presidency or your bid for the presidency by putting out such a big lie, then it is either you’re forgetful, you have amnesia, Alzheimer’s and we don’t want a President like that who doesn’t have any memory,” Jagdeo said.
He further urged the PPP supporters not to be afraid, since the PPP/C has already asked the Guyana Police Force to protect the ballot boxes and polling station.
“Do not be afraid, we have asked the police, we keep urging the police to make sure that the ballots are protected, the polling stations are protected, that acts of hooliganism are punished…If polling agents or any other GECOM official or any other person in this country violates any law that affects the integrity of the poll that we should go after them with the full force of the law,” the former President said.
As it relates to the issue of race, the former President denied the accusation by the coalition that the PPP/C is a racist Party, pointing to the track record of development in the country.
“We don’t have to go and hide in the bottom houses and do whisper campaigns; what we say here, we can say anywhere. And I say here today that this Cheddi Jagan’s Party from the time it was formed in 1950 has been open to people of all races, all religion, every gender and every class. We have treated people regardless of their race with dignity,” Jagdeo said.
He accused the APNU+AFC of “quietly” pushing the race card and then accusing the PPP/C of being racist. Jagdeo said he is proud to be an “Indo Guyanese” and has no apology for it.