Alliance for Change (AFC) Chairman Nigel Hughes, earlier this evening, tendered his resignation at a management meeting of the party.
Reports are that his resignation follows a statement issued by the AFC last night in which it bluntly called for some of the powers of the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon to be reduced.
According to one report, Hughes’ resignation followed a statement last night from the AFC which said that the problems now facing the APNU+AFC government stem from the concentration of powers in Harmon and that the AFC would raise this matter at Cabinet.
The report said it would appear that not all of the senior AFC members agreed with the press release and this triggered Hughes’s resignation.
Meanwhile, Director of Public Information working out of the office of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Imran Khan, issued a brief statement from the AFC shortly after 21:00 hrs tonight, which reads as follow:
“The Alliance For Change confirms that at a statutory Management Committee meeting of the party today, Chairman Nigel Hughes made an announcement with regard to his Chairmanship of the party.
Party Leader Khemraj Ramjattan, who was present at the meeting, subsequently spoke with Mr. Hughes and a meeting is arranged for Tuesday, April 12th.
The party confirms unequivocally that the statement issued on April 10th following its leadership retreat was a one which was unanimously approved by the attendees of the leadership retreat.
The party will make no further statement on this matter at this time.”