May 02, 2015 News
As A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition launched its
manifesto on Thursday last, it used the opportunity to appeal to voters not to allow the incumbent People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) to return to Administrative office.
Speakers who addressed those gathered at Stabroek Square, warned that a return of PPP to office means a return of former President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, “who has already put Guyana through a lot.”
Setting the stage was APNU+AFC Presidential Candidate, David Granger who asked, “Do who want PPP to rule for the next five years?” The response was a resounding “No.” Granger proceeded to point out all the “good things” that the coalition has in store for Guyana including a salary hike for public servants. He then pointed out reasons why the PPP should not be given the chance to return to office.
Granger said that the PPP has harboured corruption for too long “and that must change.” The Presidential hopeful also told supporters and curious onlookers, that the PPP/C is a dictatorship regime “it is time for Guyana to move away from that as well…never again are you going to have a President who prorogues Parliament or dissolve it, you will not have a President who obeys the will of the legislative which is elected by the people.”
Further, Granger criticized PPP rulers for indulgence in cronyism and other traits that does not coincide with good governance.
However, what took the cake in getting the audience all riled up was APNU+AFC candidate Dr. Rupert
Roopnarine’s bid to remind them of the “hell” they endured under Dr. Jagdeo’s rule.
Dr. Roopnarine said that Jagdeo took Guyana to a new form of hell. Alluding to Dr. Jagdeo’s absence from the political scene over the last three years, Roopnarine said that Jagdeo has risen from the dead with an agenda to “haunt Guyana.” “But we had enough, so we must now tell Jagdeo that he will haunt us no more. We must resist.”
The politician then called on those gathered to vote wisely and encourage their friends and family to do the same “so that Jagdeo will no longer be able to haunt us.”
Further, Dr. Roopnarine said, “After independence, the British knew that the only way to keep us under their control was to divide us…the PPP learnt too well from the British.”
With that being said, Roopnarine called on all right thinking Guyanese to send a strong message to the PPP to the effect that the time to divide and conquer is over “no longer will we allow ourselves to live divided. The time for healing is here, the time for unity is here.”
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