Jagdeo dis­tances self from AFC Canada woes

Stabroek News Sunday - - WEEKEND MAGAZINE -

Op­po­si­tion Leader Bhar­rat Jagdeo yesterday dis­tanced him­self from al­le­ga­tions of “in­fil­trat­ing” the Alliance for Change’s (AFC) Canada sup­port base say­ing that the chap­ter’s pull­out from their party was a mi­cro­cosm of its dwin­dling back­ing. “Me? In­fil­trate? I met over 2,000 per­sons from 20 groups when I went to Canada,” Jagdeo said at a press con­fer­ence at his of­fice when asked if he had a meet­ing with Pres­i­dent of AFC-Canada Tamesh­war Lil­mo­han and Sec­re­tary Lau­rence Wil­liams. The Cana­dian chap­ter of the AFC on Mon­day stated that it had pulled all sup­port from the party, while say­ing that its back­ing of Pres­i­dent David Granger’s uni­lat­eral ap­point­ment of re­tired judge James Pat­ter­son as the new Guyana Elec­tions Com­mis­sion (Ge­com) chair­man was the ‘last straw’ af­ter years of be­ing side­lined. “I want to make it very clear that it is not only this Ge­com mat­ter that has been foisted upon us. It started with the Cum­mings­burg Ac­cord (which cre­ated the alliance be­tween APNU and the AFC) and we ac­cepted that and then other things hap­pen and we hear ‘The AFC this and that’ with­out demo­cratic con­sul­ta­tions with mem­bers,” Lil­mo­han told Stabroek News on Tues­day.

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