AFC ac­knowl­edges lie then de­fends it

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Al­liance For Change ( AFC) con­tin­ues to stick by the lie that it did not in­flu­ence Pres­i­dent David Granger to uni­lat­er­ally and un­con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity ap­point 84-year old re­tired Jus­tice James Pat­ter­son de­spite stark ev­i­dence prov­ing oth­er­wise.

The Party, how­ever, did ac­knowl­edge Chair­man, Khem­raj Ram­jat­tan, wrote the leaked email to other AFC of­fi­cials where he con­firmed that he ad­vised the Head of State to re­ject the nom­i­nees sub­mit­ted by Op­po­si­tion Leader, Mr. Bhar­rat Jagdeo. But the AFC in a state­ment, to­day, main­tained that it was not involved in the con­sul­ta­tion process even though the email proves oth­er­wise.

“The party re­states its po­si­tion, and the email con­firms this, that it was not con­sulted on the ap­point­ment of Jus­tice James Pat­ter­son as GECOM Chair­man.” – the AFC said in its state­ment.

How­ever, Ram­jat­tan ex­plained in the email, which was sent in Oc­to­ber that “I did ex­press my opin­ion to the Pres­i­dent at a Cab­i­net break some­time back, af­ter the sec­ond list from Jagdeo, that I was not com­fort­able with any of those names pre­sented.”

Ram­jat­tan told the NEC as well that “(AFC Leader) Raphael (Trot­man), who was present, ex­pressed a sim­i­lar sen­ti­ment.”

The AFC, in at least two pub­lic state­ments, ve­he­mently de­nied hav­ing a role in the un­con­sti­tu­tional ap­point­ment which has re­ceived tremen­dously back­lash from all sec­tions of so­ci­ety.

The Party, in a man­ner that is con­sid­ered an in­sult to the in­tel­li­gence of Guyanese, con­tin­ues to ad­vance that ar­gu­ment that it was not involved in the process.

The AFC was caught ly­ing af­ter the email was leaked by an of­fi­cial from the Party.

Jagdeo, dur­ing a re­cent press con­fer­ence, had ac­cused the AFC of try­ing to have it both ways – “de­fend­ing some­thing one day and against it the other day”The leaked email, which Ram­jat­tan has since ad­mit­ted was au­thored by him, con­firms that the AFC lied to the na­tion and that the Party en­cour­aged the Pres­i­dent to com­mit an un­con­sti­tu­tional act, which goes against 25 years of un­der­stand­ing be­tween the Po­lit­i­cal Op­po­si­tion and the Ex­ec­u­tive Govern­ment.

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