By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Alliance for Change (AFC) today (Thursday, September 18), made a startling revelation; saying the Party’s Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan has received information that the ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) is trying to buy the support of three opposition members in the National Assembly.
This move is reportedly aimed at guaranteeing the governing Party a majority vote when the pending no – confidence motion is debated in the House, sometime after October 10 (the end of the current parliamentary recess).
Ramjattan said, “We have gotten reliable information that PPP’s answer to a no confidence motion… is to at least buy off three parliamentarians at $30 million each to vote no rather than yes, that’s the only way so all that they are saying that they have an option that’s the only option they have.”
The AFC on August 07 hardened its position in going forward with a vote of no – confidence against the Donald Ramotar led administration by submitting the document to Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs.
Thought he has been guaranteed support by his opposition counterpart, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Ramjattan says he cannot say if all opposition members will support the motion with a “yes vote” when it is debated.
The AFC and APNU, together, hold a one seat majority in the House.
“I believe that this principal position can go through and they [Opposition MPs] will have to act in accordance with their conscious and mortality in keeping with the high standards…but we can never know probably the price will even jump higher,” the AFC Leader said.
Ramjattan did not reveal which opposition Party members the PPP is in talks with for their support.
The AFC has also put measures in place to ensure its members do not buy into the PPP’s plot. To this end, Ramjattan believes his MPs will hold true to the Party’s position.
He said he could not speak for APNU but said from all indication, that Party’s membership in the House (26) will vote ‘yes’ on the Motion.
Ramjattan said “there is no wiggling out of this one”, since the Constitution states explicitly that if such a motion is passed the President has no choice but to dissolve his Cabinet and call fresh elections within 90 days.
“It is my legal opinion that there is absolutely nothing therein that causes that to be subjected to judicial review, but of course knowing the busy body called Anil Nandlall [Attorney General] he may very well want to take it to the Chief Justice.” He added.
Meanwhile, AFC Executive Member Moses Nagamotoo said the Party is proceeding with its plans and because of its stern position the PPP is having “political diarrhea.”
Nagamotto is confident that the APNU will support the AFC; adding that its ultimate goal, just like the AFC, is to get the PPP out of office.