There is a raging bull in the PNC china shop and it threatens to blow up into a mess that dwarfs the PNC power struggle after 1992. Robert Corbin sits as Leader of the PNC. David Granger is the PNC’s presidential candidate and the presidential candidate of the APNU coalition dominated by the PNC. PNC and APNU supporters have to seriously ask themselves who gets the post of Opposition Leader if APNU comes second in the elections?
Firstly, is it APNU or the PNC that gets that post of Opposition Leader? Secondly, is it the Leader of the PNC or the Presidential Candidate of the PNC that gets the official position of Opposition Leader if APNU comes second?
Frankly, it makes no sense and it is patently unfair for Granger to be working overtime on the campaign trail while a largely missing and distant Corbin takes the spoils of Granger’s hard work by becoming Opposition Leader. However, that is what will likely happen and it will cause a big ruckus or ’mash-up’ as the hardline Corbin faction will likely go head-to-head with the more moderate APNU faction Granger tried to build.
On the issue of building, Granger must be credited for attempting to make the PNC more palatable.
He has formed a coalition in APNU that is more multiethnic than the PNC ever possessed.
While the PNC through APNU will lose the election, the groundwork done by Granger may enable the party to transform into a truly national party in the future.
PNC supporters and voters have a hard issue facing them. Their party will not win the election. Therefore, the bigger issue is what sort of future they want for the party.
Do they want Corbin to remain as Leader of the Opposition, when his performance has been seriously insipid over the past few years, or should Granger become Leader of the Opposition, a position that has enhanced perks?
The PNC will either have a calm resolution or a wild battle royale over these issues when the election smoke clears and it counts its losses.
I know that Corbin is unlikely to surrender that Opposition Leader position considering the goodies Jagdeo has tossed him in the package. Things will get interesting in PNC or APNU land when this election is over.
I seriously believe that for various reasons PNC or APNU voters have to consider these issues before they cast their votes on November 28, not after.
Many don’t like Corbin and his performance or lack thereof in recent years. Should they vote for Granger and APNU when there is a distinct possibility Corbin will supersede Granger and retain the Opposition Leader title?
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