Brigadier Granger should not be leader of the PNCR
Dear Mr. Editor
In an article captioned “No Common view on who should lead the PNCR” in the June 3, 2012 edition of the Stabroek News, the author quoted Brigadier Granger as saying that he will be contesting the leadership of the People’s National Congress Reform at its 17th Biennial Congress scheduled for July 27 – July 28.
While I respect the goodly gentleman’s ambition to vie for the PNCR top post, I will urge him to rethink his candidature and at the same time, beseech the delegates to this congress not to make Brigadier Granger the next leader of the party.
I have nothing against Brigadier Granger since I view him as an honourable man but to me he has a number of fundamental shortcomings that makes him ineligible to be the next leader of the PNCR in this new dispensation.
At this junction of its history the People’s National Congress Reform needs a leader who can first reunite the party, then mobilise the resources – human and financial – to re-engineer the party from the bottom up.
Unfortunately, Brigadier Granger squandered an excellent opportunity to demonstrate this virtue when he was elected the presidential candidate for the PNCR and subsequently APNU. He failed to marshal the other presidential candidates – a task he committed to days after his election.
More recently with the open dissention in views Brigadier Granger adopted an acrimonious posture, called people names and used condescending terms to party members.
I have no doubt in my mind that if Brigadier Granger had the capacity to unite the party and mobilise the financial and human resources during his eight-month tenure as the presidential candidate, APNU would have defeated the PPPC at those elections.
The PNCR needs a decisive but flexible leader who will demonstrate resoluteness on the bases of principles and not political convenience.
The PNCR needs a leader who can motivate and inspire a wide range of people to volunteer their services to restore the brilliance of the party, not a central command structure that will effectively convert the party in to a military style regiment. Since the party do not have financial resources to pay for these expertise.
Here again Brigadier Granger’s leadership lacked during the last election since a lot of people with much needed talent become disillusioned with the militarization of the campaign structure leaving no room for expert opinion.
With all of these shortcomings, his own utterances of separation of office, during the campaign for the presidential candidate and the impending national political challenge, it is my fervent view that Brigadier Granger should concentrate on his role of Opposition Leader and chairman of the APNU and allow someone who is more politically endowed to take the mantle of leadership of our great party.