James Bond calls out “gross incompetence” of PNCR leaders for botching election petition

L-R: James Bond and David Granger
L-R: James Bond and David Granger

In the wake of the High Court’s Monday dismissal of the People’s National Congress’s (PNC) second election petition, party member James Bond has blasted party leaders who botched the petition and gave the court grounds for throwing it out due to its late service.

Bond, who once represented the PNC as a Member of Parliament and party executive, wasted little time in taking to social media, where he released a statement urging the party leaders who played a role in organising the election petition to resign. He labelled the errors that led to the petition being thrown out as “gross incompetence.”

“The entire leadership of APNU/AFC who had anything to do with the planning and execution of the election petition should resign immediately. This is gross incompetence. This is madness! This is what we slaved for.”

Bond noted that the botching of the election petition is symptomatic of a clique or cabal who wants to “control everything.” He further told his thousands of followers on social media that when PNC party leaders “come for your vote at congress, ask them what part they played in the election petition.”

But the attorney-at-law was not done with that statement. He made another, even more personal appeal to his supporters and recalled the sacrifices he personally made during the election campaign leading up to the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections.

We deserve better leadership than this. Imagine campaigning for months, close down my office, spend my money, give of my time, sleepless nights… then (PNC/APNU+AFC) go and mess it up just so,” Bond said, going on to lambast the PNC leadership as “incompetent.”

Bond has in the past had very harsh words for the PNC leadership and former President David Granger, criticising their leadership style and the fact that the party shut out several party stalwarts including Chairwoman Volda Lawrence from the APNU/AFC parliamentary list for the 12th Parliament.

On Monday, acting Chief Justice Roxane George dismissed the second elections petition filed by the APNU/AFC seeking to vitiate the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections.