By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The A Partnership For National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition says it has noted recent statements by Former President Bharrat Jagdeo who had challenged candidates from the APNU/AFC to a pre-elections debate.
APNU/AFC Co Chair, Raphael Trotman at a press briefing on Friday March, 27, made it clear that the former President should not seek to insert himself in such issues.
“Let Mr Jagdeo stay out of this race; we are running against Mr Ramotar and Elisabeth Harper” said Trotman adding “there seems to be two people holding up the flag and saying I want to be President of Guyana…that’s where the PPP is concerned.”
The AFC founder pointed out too that he is unsure which individual is the Presidential candidate of the PPP/C given the prominence of the Former President on the Party’s campaign trail.
“I need to know whether it is Mr Jagdeo running for president or it is Ramotar because I see Jagdeo challenging people for debates coming front and centre, so is it that he is overshadowing Ramotar and he wants to come back as President? The public needs to know,” Trotman underscored.
Pointing to the current case before the Chief Justice where he is named as one of the defendants, Trotman said that an individual is seemingly thrusting the idea of Jagdeo returning to public office.
“Somebody with very deep pocket seems to be driving this agenda to get Mr Jagdeo back on the ticket for April 7 and I have no doubt that it is causing tremendous discomfort in the Office of the President,” he speculated.
Acting Chief Justice Ian Chang is expected to rule on a court case that seeks to delimit the amount of times a person can serve as President on May 4, a few days before General and Regional Elections.
The Attorneys representing Cedric Richardson, who was named as the applicant in this matter, have stated that the constitutional reform restricting the amount of times a person could serve as President of Guyana should have been done by way of referendum.