Oct 22, 2011 News
“…at the end of the day he is entitled to his views and despite whatever position he takes we wish him well in future endeavors,” Persaud
The recent pronouncement by Central Committee Member of the People’s Progressive Party, Moses Nagamootoo,
about being bulldozed out of the leadership of the party, and his words about the ‘dominant clique’ in the party, are being seen as a direct attack on the General Secretary of the party.
This is according to PPP/C campaign spokesperson Robert Persaud, who during a party press briefing yesterday at Freedom House told media operatives that the comments by Nagamootoo are also being seen as an affront to the leadership of the party, namely the 35 members who sit on the Central Committee.
Regarding the public pronouncements involving Nagamootoo and the Alliance for Change (AFC), Persaud informed media operatives that there has been a formal request made of the party member seeking clarification.
Nagamootoo has been written to by the party’s General Secretary Donald Ramotar, who is also the Presidential Candidate seeking clarifications based on media reports.
A subsequent telephone call was reportedly made but according to Persaud he was not privy to the details of that communication and as such could not pronounce on it.
Persaud described Nagamootoo as a “colourful character whom I have a lot of respect for but at the end of the day he is entitled to his views and despite whatever position he takes we wish him well in future endeavors.”
The PPP/C spokesman was adamant that the entire hullabaloo is being seen as another media distraction.
Persaud stressed also that in the PPP/C, “we value every member of the party and we treat them as an equal and respect their views and position.”
He said, too, that the entire fiasco will have no negative impact on the party’s current campaign for the seat of government.
Nagamootoo, in an exclusive interview on Wednesday last lambasted some in the PPP/C saying that he feels as though he has been “bulldozed” out of the leadership of the party, calling “sidelined” a mild word.
According to the veteran politician and former Minister of Information, he had for some time now informed the PPP/C General Secretary that he would be withdrawing himself and would not be on the list of Candidates, neither would he be a part of the campaign in the 2011 General and Regional Elections.
Nagamootoo said that he has been in withdrawal mode ever since the conclusion of the 2006 election and had been distancing himself from several of the party’s various processes.
He said that the party he embraced in the past is a far cry from what it is today. He added that a clique has seized control of the party.
Nagamootoo said that there has been a total subversion of the internal democracy by the group that has betrayed the principles.
He insists that he holds dear to his heart the principles of the late Dr. Cheddi Jagan and considers himself a staunch ‘Jaganite’ and “I will always remain a Jaganite,” but many like him that are in the party are gravely disappointed with what has evolved today.
“This is not the party I used to know,” Nagamootoo said as he recalled some of the principles, great dreams and expectations that have been instilled in party members such as himself, by the late Former President and PPP founder.
“I hold dearly his (Dr. Jagan’s) great ideals for a free and democratic Guyana where leaders ought to be judged by character, integrity and honesty,” Nagamootoo reiterated.
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