Charrandass Persaud collected a bribe from “oil money-obsessed” Bharrat Jagdeo.
That is the conviction of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) as expressed at a press conference that the party held yesterday.
On December 21, last, Persaud, who sat in the National Assembly as an Alliance For Change (AFC) Member, voted for the Jagdeo-sponsored No-Confidence Motion, effectively bringing down his (Persaud’s) own government.
Yesterday, at Congress Place, Sophia, Member of the PNCR Central Committee, Aubrey Norton, said that what happened on December 21 must be seen in the context of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and Jagdeo’s continued operation as if Guyana is a criminalised state.
Norton said that the “dismantling of the criminalised state by APNU+AFC government has demonstrated progress, which has earned Guyana respect within the League of Nations. The motion clearly demonstrates Jagdeo’s modus operandi to continue his embrace by taking his criminal actions to a new level by bribing a sitting Member of Parliament with the intention of bringing down the elected government of Guyana.”
Norton told the media that the PNCR has no doubt that Persaud’s “act of betrayal” was compensated by a hefty sum.
However, Norton did not provide any evidence of his conviction, neither was any report made to the police.
He said, “It should be noted that Charrandass Persaud himself acknowledges the bribe by asking ‘What is wrong if I get paid?’ In his own words, he has admitted his embrace to the treacherous PPP culture of getting rich through corruption and lawlessness.
“The Guyanese people have seen through this plot and there is no doubt that in any election, the PPP will be defeated by APNU+AFC.”
Further, Norton said that it is now pellucid that Jagdeo’s “obsession of wanting to control the wealth of Guyana that will emanate from oil is indicative of one who is irrational, treacherous, and willing to do anything to achieve his selfish objectives.”
The PNCR official said that it is Jagdeo’s obsession that forced him to collude with “forces” in Trinidad and Tobago and mobilised resources to “bribe a sitting Member of Parliament in pursuance of his hunger for wealth and power with the hope that the APNU+AFC Government will not be able to prosecute him and his former Ministers who have criminally pillaged the Guyana treasury.”
Norton continued, “We wish to assure all citizens that we will not be deterred from dismantling the criminal enterprise that the PPP has established. The APNU+AFC government has improved the investigative capacity of the Guyana Police Force and has been collaborating with international law enforcement agencies. Therefore, Jagdeo and the PPP are worried and anxious.”
Norton said that the era of Jagdeo’s “lawlessness, destruction of the sugar industry, handing out of state assets to his friends and the PPP; extra-judicial killings and the state protection of narco-traffickers and money launderers has ended.
“Unfortunately, there are some people who enjoyed the crumbs that came from those illegalities and now seek to suggest that money is not circulating. The youth of Guyana know that APNU+AFC has ushered in a change for the better and that their lives will not be cut short by brutal acts, common-place during the Jagdeo regime. The youth of Guyana support the orderly development of Guyana and are aware of their suffering under the PPP.”
Norton sought to assure all Guyanese that there is now an opportunity for all to take stock and to prepare for the total involvement of all Guyanese in the process of ensuring that Guyana does not fall back into the hands of the “Jagdeo criminal PPP cabal.”
Norton said, “Leader of the PNCR and the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, said we will operate based on the constitution. We will not allow this treacherous, heinous and vindictive act of betrayal, which seeks to disrupt the orderly development of Guyana to succeed.
“We will pursue all options open to us to ensure that our development continues. We wish to assure all Guyanese that the destiny of this nation, in the capable hands of APNU+AFC, is safe.”
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