By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President Bharat Jagdeo says recent concerns raised by the A Partnership For National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition about the list of electors is a façade, noting that it is an excuse should the coalition lose the elections come May 11.
This is despite APNU/AFC coalition saying it will proceed with the Guyana Elections Commission’s list of voters for elections, despite the fact that its Presidential Candidate, David Granger raised some concerns about the list being “dirty” and padded.
It must be noted that the issue of the list of electors being bloated has arisen before and GECOM in response to previous concerns had noted that it is illegal for the Body to take off names of persons from the National List of Electors without proper documentation from the General Registrar’s Office (GRO) which falls under the auspices of Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee.
Jagdeo at a press conference on Saturday, March 28 said that Granger is “divorced from reality” and would need to get himself sorted as he pointed out some flaws in the policies of the APNU/AFC Presidential Candidate.
As it relates to the “dirty list”, Jagdeo said “clearly every right thinking Guyanese must be saying ‘what is wrong with Granger? You have had so many years and so many cycles of continuous registration to do so…there were claims and objections…you didn’t challenge the integrity of the list. So why are you doing it now?”
Jagdeo believes the coalition has an inkling that it might lose the elections and hence has begun to strategize a possible excuse in that regard.
“The motive is fear. Fear of losing…and trying to make excuses already for that failure,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Jagdeo lashed out at the coalition’s Prime Ministerial Candidate, Moses Nagamootoo who has been very vocal about the tenure of the Former President and his accumulated wealth.
Jagdeo said that he finds it very hard to respond to the ad hominem attacks against him by Nagamootoo, noting that he would rather respond to policies.
“He [Nagamootoo] does not deal with polices…he makes good rah rah speeches – nice speeches…I find it very hard to deal with somebody who doesn’t deal with principle…he loves to make these meaningless rah rah speeches,” Jagdeo said in reprimanding Nagamootoo.
He accused the former PPP politician of being power hungry saying that his lust for power is what led him to leave the PPP several years ago.
“He still needs to explain to people his lack of principle – the lust for power…he left the PPP only after losing the bid to be our Presidential candidate. He wanted to be President at any costs….it is a power lust,” the Former President underscored, later adding that Nagamootoo is a “rabble rouser.”