By Abena Rockcliffe
General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Clement Rohee, yesterday told media operatives that he is willing to expose the wrongs of his former Party comrade, Moses Nagamootoo, as a means to ensure the PPP remains in power.
Rohee’s comments were precipitated by the thought of Moses Nagamootoo becoming the Presidential candidate for the Alliance For Change (AFC).
The AFC sponsored No-Confidence Motion that is slated to be debated as soon as Parliament comes out of recess early next month, once passed, would force President Donald Ramotar and his Cabinet to resign.
Ramotar would be forced to call elections within 90 days after the Motion is passed. He also has the choice to call snap elections before the Motion is debated but this seems to be an avenue that the PPP is so far not willing to explore.
AFC Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan, had told sections of the media that Moses Nagamootoo and Nigel Hughes were his party’s Presidential and Prime Ministerial candidates.
He said that this would formally be approved by his party’s membership at its October Congress where the rest of the team would be identified and elected.
Yesterday Rohee hosted the PPP’s weekly press conference at Freedom House, Robb Street, Georgetown.
At that forum the politician was asked whether his Party is worried about the possibility of Nagamootoo, a former long standing member of the PPP, and prominent attorney-at-law, Nigel Hughes, becoming Presidential and Prime Ministerial candidate for the Alliance For Change (AFC).
“If it worries us? No, I think it will help us. We have so much on Mr. Nagamootoo…Mr. Nagamootoo has so many skeletons in his cupboard, not all has been disclosed as yet.”
Rohee said that some of these “skeletons” have already been exposed but “there is much more to be disclosed. So just keep your powder dry and use it at the right time.”
Kaieteur News then questioned whether those ‘skeletons’ were in the cupboard while Nagamootoo was a PPP member. To this Rohee responded, “Some were there but more have accumulated since his departure.”
This was Rohee who once claimed that the PPP is not in the business of attacking personalities but focuses more on the bigger picture.
When asked for a sneak preview into the promised “skeleton” revelation, Rohee resorted to the words of famous singer/songwriter Pluto Shervington “Ask me no question, you would hear no lie…”
Nagamootoo, in 2011, just about a month before General Elections, parted ways with the PPP saying that the current leadership has demonstrated the sort of pettiness, greed, corruption and arrogance that party founder, Dr. Cheddi Jagan, fought against.
A press statement released by PPP back then stated that Nagamootoo’s dissatisfaction with the party was heightened after he failed to secure any support for his bid as the Presidential Candidate of the PPP/C for the 2011 elections.
But Nagamootoo had said that he was “not bitter as a person” but rather that he had fought for a democratic process in the selection of the presidential candidate.
Nagamootoo is now the elected Vice-Chairman of the AFC. He has been criticized for supporting the controversial Former President’s Benefits law when he was a PPP lawmaker but criticizing it as an AFC MP.
While heckling during sittings of the National Assembly, PPP Members of Parliament would often refer to their former comrade as a hypocrite when he sanctioned, negatively, policies that he helped put into being while a PPP representative.
AFC Chairman, Nigel Hughes, who was nominated as the Party’s Prime Ministerial candidate, has endorsed Nagamootoo to be the Presidential candidate.
Hughes and Nagamootoo were nominated by AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan.
Meanwhile, at yesterday’s presser, Rohee told reporters that the PPP/C has not selected its presidential candidate for the next elections. Asked whether he was eyeing the position, Rohee said, “When that comes we will talk.”
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