By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – General Secretary of A Partnership For National Unity (APNU), Joseph Harmon believes that the refusal of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic to have its Prime Ministerial Candidate, Elisabeth Harper engage in a public debate with APNU+AFC Prime Ministerial Candidate Moses Nagamootoo is just another attempt to shield her from public scrutiny.
The PPP/C had refused a conditionality proposed by APNU+AFC which stipulated that for there to be a Presidential Candidate debate, there must also be a Prime Ministerial Candidate debate.
According to the ruling Party, “the women of the PPP/C, while not intimidated, will not allow themselves to be disrespected by the Opposition and their surrogates. It is for this reason that we view a public debate with Moses Nagamootoo as inappropriate, as he himself has been disrespectful and vile against Ms Harper and has shown no inclination to reverse or change this unacceptable course.”
But, Harmon speaking from APNU+AFC’s campaign head office in Queenstown, contended that it was just an act to hide the Party’s Prime Ministerial Candidate.
“What they are doing – the PPP, they are continuing to hide Elisabeth Harper. She has been put up for high public…and so when people hold themselves out for public office, they must put themselves up for public scrutiny and this is what they are running from,” said Harmon.
He said that Harper cannot aspire for public office and subsequently make herself unavailable to such scrutiny from the public.
“The PPP, they are trying to foist persons who are incapable of dealing with public issues on public platform,” said Harmon.
Meanwhile, APNU Co-Chair, Dr Rupert Roopnarine revealed that the APNU+AFC coalition is yet to decide on whether it will be participating in the Presidential debate; the PPP/C says it is committed to this debate.