By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Head of Communications for the Guyana National Youth Council (GNYC) Francis Bailey has revealed that the ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) decided not to take part in a scheduled public forum organized by the GNYC and the Guyana Women’s Roundtable (GWR) over the fear of “hardball questions” from persons at the meeting.
Bailey made the disclosure while speaking on Hard Talk aired on 90.1 Love FM where he was joined by Blue Caps Chairman Michael Leonard and Founder of the Guyana Youth Movement (GYM) Robin Singh, discussing issue relating to youth and the 2015 General and Regional Elections.
Bailey’s revelation about the forum comes even after a representative from the Guyana Women’s Roundtable stating that the forum was rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances.
But Bailey, when questioned by Hard Talk host, Chris Chapwanya reported that “Yesterday was supposed to be the PPP/C round of that event but they have pulled out. Very few reasons were provided.”
However, he did go on to indicate that from what he understands, “following the interview with Ms Harper, she felt ambushed by that meeting and the candidate was not fully ready. We were asked to give assurances that the crowd would be controlled. It seemed to be a lot of fear…fear of hardball questions at the event. Nothing that I can understand as being reason for them to pull out of the event.”
Bailey also related that the GNYC remains optimistic that the incumbent PPP would reconsider and provide a date for the forum to be held.
Meanwhile, Blue Caps Chair, Leonard while noting his disappointment in the developments regarding the forum pointed out that Blue Caps has a similar event and while the group has been able to attract the Opposition Leader and other persons, it was wholly unable to garner the presence of a PPP official.
GYM Founder, Singh related that he looking forward to the forum.
“I don’t think that Mrs Harper can go into politics and avoid facing interview and questions. You can’t make a commitment to young people and then not live up to it.”
Meanwhile, the youth leader also expressed disappointment in a recent decision by the APNU+AFC coalition to wager the planned Presidential Candidates debate on the demand for a Prime Ministerial Candidates debate.
“I would think that you take a Presidential Debate over a Prime Ministerial Candidacy debate any day…I don’t quite see the logic in it,” said Singh.