By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Dr Joey Jagan, the son of the late President, Dr. Cheddi Jagan, has officially endorsed the APNU+AFC coalition, as the election race draws close with just eight days left before Guyanese head to the polls to elect the next government.
During a press conference at his Charlotte Street office on Monday May 04, Dr Jagan stated that he believes in shared governance, adding that it is time the Guyanese people vote for change.
This he acknowledged was a hard move to make as he distanced himself from his traditional roots, which is the Party his father built – the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C).
According to Dr Jagan, because the PPP moved away from the ideals of his father, he can no longer support them. In explaining his reason for throwing his support behind the coalition, he noted that during the 2011 elections, the PPP/C approached him to assist the Party along the campaign trail.
He agreed given the fact that a number of promises were made to him by the Party to better the lives of the Guyanese people; however, according to Dr Jagan, the Party never lived up to those promises.
“I was used and discarded by the Party,” he stated.
He is also claiming that he told the incumbent President Donald Ramotar that David Granger should have been made the Prime Minister, urging them to embrace inclusionary governance but that idea was shun.
“I believe when you have an ethnic problem in a country, you need to share power and share governance with people, not terrorists, not extremists but with people who are solid patriot citizens,” Dr Jagan told the news conference.
He also spoke of the ethnic divide that continues to plague this country, noting that Guyanese should look at policy based politics and not race. He pleaded to Guyanese to “give them a chance.”
Dr Jagan also spoke highly of the Opposition’s manifesto, specifically the plans for the youths of the country, noting that it is time they are allowed to take the mantle and push Guyana to greater heights.
Jagan noted too that Guyana needs a more vocal Prime Minister who has a strong following like that of Moses Nagamootoo.
“My Father’s Party has changed course…the course they have taken is detrimental to the nation….support coalition politics.”
When asked if he is willing to play a role in government if the coalition is elected to office, he said if called upon, he will oblige.
Meanwhile, General Secretary of the PPP, Clement Rohee in responding to the endorsement noted that Dr Jagan has finally joined the “funeral procession.”
“He joined the funeral procession and from all that he has said before, it is inevitable that he was heading in this direction,” Rohee told iNews.
In responding to Dr Jagan’s claims of the country being underdeveloped, Rohee said, “he must be living in another world because we know that developments are taking place, the country is growing at rapid rate, he obviously is in a deep slumber, so we can’t help wake him if he is still in a sleep.”