Writing in his Chronicle column (the newspaper which some observers claim has destroyed the legacy of Moses Nagamootoo), the PM wrote; “In my home area, Whim-Bloomfield, detractors had peddled that the AFC was dead and that they were waiting after the polls to “pull Naga’s bones in the streets” but the people rallied and came up with a full slate….”
Well since “Naga” wrote that, the villagers in Whim look set to pick his bones. Naga is the Prime Minister (second in constitutional power after the president) and his party is in power the past three and a half years. But yet it looks like in his birth village, Naga has trouble fielding a full slate of candidates to contest the Whim NDC election in November.
There are whimsically crazy things taking place in Whim in relation to Naga’s AFC list. Real people are claiming that the AFC deliberately misled them, promising them development in Whim only to find that they signed their names to be contestants for the upcoming NDC elections.
These persons have resorted to three types of action – submitting affidavits to GECOM to have their names removed, filing a writ in court for the same reason and asking the police to investigate fraud in the AFC list.
Now surely, something is not right here. Let us for the sake of argument accuse the PPP of mischief. But actual persons are demanding that their names be taken off. So far 51 Whim residents had their names removed from the AFC’s list accusing Naga’s party of trickery.
Now, a realist could argue that these are villagers that could face intimidation from PPP activists after the elections and who predominate in the village. The AFC has made that identical adumbration. That argument is nonsense.
Can you imagine some Buxtonians are coming off the APNU list because some PPP residents in the village will harass them after the elections? That is impossible because Buxton is an APNU stronghold and will not allow APNU candidate to be abused by PPP supporters in the village. In fact, which PPP personnel in Buxton could harass any Buxtonian?
So Naga is the Prime Minister for the past three years; Naga’s party is in power for the same period; Naga’s colleague in the AFC is the Minister of Agriculture which has been doing things in Whim; Naga’s colleague is the Minister of Public Works (oops, sorry, Public Infrastructure) which has been building roads and dams and bridges in Whim; Naga’s colleague is the Minister of Home Affairs (oops, sorry, Public Security) which has provided security for the villagers to sleep soundly at nights, yet the PPP still has a strong base in Whim that is large enough to intimidate people from becoming candidates for Naga’s party.
I honestly do not believe the AFC exclamation of PPP’s scare tactics because it does not make sense. Something is not right here. Let’s examine the AFC’s cry of intimidation. Who are the people doing the bullying, and who are the persons that are scared? Obviously, Whim then is divided. Obviously then, the PPP having spent the last three years out of power still is a formidable force in Naga’s hometown to the extent that they can drive fear in Naga’s supporters. Obviously then the AFC has failed to convert Whim.
So where are the truths? Here are the truths and the facts. In the 2015 general elections, Naga’s party did not get a majority in Whim. The PPP did. In the 2016 LGE, Naga’s party did not win. The PPP did. Naga’s sister who was on the AFC list made a terribly poor showing. Here now is logical deduction. If Naga did now win in those two elections, why doesbNaga think that his party will win in 2018?
It is against this backdrop one has to be careful about the AFC accusation of PPP bullying tactics in Whim. The other side of that coin is that if Naga’s party could not have mustered a full slate then that would have been an embarrassment for the world to see. It is for this reason I am wondering if the cry of deception by some villagers who want their name removed from the AFC is may not contain some factual dimensions.
Here are Naga’s words after he claimed that the AFC had a full slate of names for the Whim election; “As the horses are out of the paddock and at the starting gate, I take comfort in the words of my late father: ‘Thoroughbreds don’t cry; they run and die.’” Indeed the AFC will run and will die.
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