By Fareeza Hanif
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The main Opposition – the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) is not too happy with the criticisms leveled against one of its executive members, Bharrat Jagdeo by one of its own, Clinton Urling.
General Secretary, Clement Rohee told a news conference at Freedom House on Monday, June 01 that he is disappointed that Urling chose to air his views about the former President in the public domain as opposed to dealing with it internally.
The PPP/C candidate on Sunday, May 31 blamed Jagdeo for the Party’s defeat at the May 11 general and regional elections via a letter where he emphasized that the time has come for the former president to take a back seat if the PPP/C is to be rebuilt. He wrote that Jagdeo’s campaign strategies caused the Party to lose the elections.
When questioned about Urling’s analysis, Rohee said he was “taken back” by the letter, pointing out that Urling should have done the “proper thing” and wrote to him [Rohee].
“I haven’t seen any letter written to myself as General Secretary of the Party by Mr Urling. I would have thought that the proper thing to have been done was to write to the General Secretary to the Party expressing his own views,” Rohee told reporters.
He made it clear that the letter is solely Urling’s views and not that of the PPP/C. According to Rohee, Urling was invited to two meetings recently where candidates were given the opportunity to express their views on the outcome of the elections.
“I thought he would have expressed his views but it appears as though he had a preference…I am disappointed as General Secretary for him to do that.”
The General Secretary pointed out that Urling’s analysis is based on his “perception”, noting that he has been a member of the PPP/C for a brief period.
Urling, he said, joined the Party in mid March, explaining that “it is his perception; he couldn’t have known all those things in such a short period of time…he is not in a position to pronounce authoritatively on this matter,” the General Secretary said.
Meanwhile, when told that former PPP/C Executive Member Ralph Ramkarran shared similar views about Jagdeo and his leadership, Rohee pointed out that Ramkarran never worked in the “belly of the Party” in order to understands its overall operation.