Jagdeo distances self from AFC Canada woes
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.