By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Leader of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), David Granger has clarified that there has been no fresh discussion on the selection of a new Presidential Candidate to lead the Party into the next general and regional elections.
Granger told iNews this morning (Friday January 09) that “the matter hasn’t come up yet for discussion,” amid speculation that there is ongoing row within the Party on the issue.
Guyanese are expected to go to the polls later this year to elect a new government.
Earlier this week, General Secretary of the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Clement Rohee had rubbished reports that himself along with Minister within the Ministry of Finance Juan Edghill are the likely Presidential and Prime Ministerial candidates, respectively, for the Party at the upcoming general and regional elections.
Rohee said the Party has not yet confirmed its Presidential Candidate but claimed that Granger was is experiencing problems within his Party, to this end.
“I notice even Granger is having some problem in his Party with getting the nomination to be the Presidential Candidate of the PNC and APNU. The have a lot of internal ramblings and rumblings as well,” Rohee had said.
When questioned on this today, the Opposition Leader said it was untrue.
“I am experiencing serious problems with Rohee,” he said; adding that “no, we are not experiencing any problems.”
Granger told iNews that his Party is focused on voter education and its campaign strategy.
“The important thing is to get the message to voters… we are doing outreaches and conducting our campaign organization within the APNU and PNC.”
It was recently rumored that Shadow Local Government Minister Ronald Bulkan has received nomination to be the APNU’s Prime Ministerial Candidate.
At the weekend, Leader of the Alliance for Change (AFC) Khemraj Ramjattan had said that President Ramotar was playing a dangerous game by failing to name a date for general elections.
Ramotar had said last year that he would announce a date for the holding of elections early in 2015 following the prorogation of Guyana’s Parliament , failed dialogue between the Opposition and Executive and continuing Parliamentary gridlock where the Opposition holds a one seat majority.
Ramjattan believes too that power struggles within the PPP is also playing a role in the delay as Ramotar wants to settle his candidacy even as others argue that he cannot win a plurality.
Observers believe that until the PPP has resolved its internal issues and settled on its likely candidates, that the citizenry should not expect the President to name a date for elections.