May 16, 2015 News
– says victory is not his but the nation’s
“…We are one nation and we are going forward together to make sure that every child, every mother, every young person, every old person has a place in this beautiful country.”
“From now on we will go forth giving Guyanese what they deserve,” assured President in waiting, Retired Brigadier, David Granger, as he on Thursday addressed a ecstatic crowd of supporters who stood outside of the Crown and Albert Streets, Georgetown, headquarters of A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC).
Granger’s address to the supporters followed on the heels of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM’) s announcement of the preliminary results of the Monday May 11, 2015 results which reflected a narrow win for the APNU+AFC Coalition.
Standing on the balcony of the headquarters, Granger told the Coalition supporters who lined sections of Albert and Crown Streets in celebratory mode, that “this is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad. I told you that Monday the 11th of May will be the first day of the rest of your life.”
Even as he expressed his love and appreciation for the supporters, Granger pointed to the fact that the journey to victory has been a long road but “we didn’t lose faith. You believed in us, you worked on the coastland, the hinterland, town and country, house by house, in the streets, in alleyways in the highways; we worked to this day (and) we are going to make sure that every Guyanese would have a good life.”
In what can be described as a moving address to his audience, Granger noted that Guyana is not only the largest and best but most beautiful country within the Caribbean.
“You don’t have to be poor,” he asserted, adding, “You don’t deserve a Government that keeps you poor and that is what you told the world on Monday.”
“You want to live a happy life, you want to live a good life, that is all you want; you don’t want to be strangers in your own country and on Monday May 11th you took back your country, (you) took back Guyana,” Granger told his exhilarated audience.
Preaching a sermon of love and unity, the President elect posited, “today we celebrate, today we can be happy, today we can relax from our efforts but when we go back out to work we go as brothers and sisters; we go out as one people, because we are one nation and we are going forward together to make sure that every child, every mother, every young person, every old person has a place in this beautiful country.”
Primary among the agenda of the APNU+AFC Coalition, Granger informed, is the abolition of poverty, ignorance, disease and hatred among the citizenry. “This is a great country and this is a great people,” stressed Granger as he thanked supporters for helping him to reach to the highest office in the land.
He however assured that the victory achieved is not for him but rather for the nation. “This is not for David Granger; this is for you and your children. I want you to be happy with what you have done,” added Granger.
He went on to caution the supporters to refrain from any act of violence even as he pointed out that the Coalition ran a clean campaign. “We did not abuse anyone, we have not assaulted anyone; in fact we saved someone from being assaulted and the man picked up an old picture from an old traffic accident he had but when he left on Monday he was looking clean,” an amused Granger told his equally amused audience. He was at the time alluding to Kwame McKoy of the former ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic who the party (PPP/C) is alleging was attacked by Coalition supporters.
“We have had to protect people, we have reached out and we will continue to reach out because all Guyanese are our brothers and sisters so on the 11th of May we all won; we all gained something, we told the world that we are a proud people. We are a decent people and we deserve a decent life,” asserted Granger.
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