By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Executive Member of the People’ Progressive Party (PPP) Anil Nandlall has revealed that part of the PPP’s intended plan to rebrand the Party is the placement of Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo as the Leader of the Opposition.
Nandlall was at the time speaking on Hard Talk aired on 90.1 Love FM on Sunday, July 05, where he stated that the Party’s rebrand process may be moving at a slow pace, but it is happening.
Nandlall, when questioned about the possible appointment of Jagdeo as Opposition Leader, pointed out that the Party needs an experienced person to mold the younger members
“You heard a lot about the Party reinventing itself, the Party is rebuilding, the Party is introspecting itself – this is part of the process…There are number of young leaders who will have to take some time to acclimatize themselves…..While that is taking place you need someone to hold the fort,” the Former Attorney General said on the radio programme.
Nandlall was also questioned about dissenting view within the Party including that of former PPP Candidate Clinton Urling and PPP Member Dr Vindyi Persaud, where he noted that there will also be differing views within a mass based political organisation.
“We act as a collective, it’s a collective of many many people, and if you have unanimity of views of issue all the time then something is fundamentally wrong,” said Nandlall.
Former Speaker of the National Assembly and PPP Executive Member Ralph Ramkarran has revealed that former President Donald Ramotar only received nine out of 35 votes within the Party’s executive to return to the National Assembly as Opposition Leader.
Ramkarran believes that the selection of Jagdeo “by the Central Committee of the PPP as its nominee for Opposition Leader seals that party’s fate in opposition for decades to come, unless the APNU+AFC coalition underperforms or unravels.”
“With no intention by the ruling clique of giving up power, the return of its younger MPs and a sprinkling of new faces to Parliament, would be mere window dressing. This new generation of leaders stands no chance of influencing policy to rebuild the PPP or unite the country,” he also stated.