The race is on for the leadership of the People’s National Congress (PNC). On Friday, nominations were held at Congress Place in Sophia, Greater Georgetown. The main contenders right now appear to be Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon and the party’s Executive Member Aubrey Norton.
Both of them are confident that they have what it takes to be the next leader of the PNC. Party members will vote for their choice at the 22nd Biennial Congress set for December 11, 2021. The PNC’s current leader former President David Granger, based on reports, has not been campaigning.
Attorney General Anil Nandlall, SC has been observing the electoral race for the leadership of the PNC and said it is gaining momentum. “Contestants, as expected, are campaigning and are critical of each other, and rightfully so,” he said in a post via his Facebook page on Saturday.
According to him, the contestants all promise unity both at the level of their party and nationally. He said they also promise their members and supporters a return to government in a short time.
Nandlall said, “Ordinarily, I would have paid such activities no mind. However, in the electioneering cacophony, I heard an ominous avowal emanating from the lips of almost every contestant, vying for the various offices.” That avowal, the Attorney General pointed is: “…the PPP is the common enemy…’’
He was keen to note that the Oxford dictionary uses the term “hate” in its definition of “enemy.” Nandlall added that the “inconvenient truth” is that the PPP is not merely a political party. It consists of its members and supporters, he said while adding that they are inseparable.
The Attorney General said, too, that it is a demographic fact that the PPP and its supporters constitute a majority of Guyana’s population, within and beyond its borders.
Nandlall referred to the contestants for the PNC leadership as “aspirants to government”, and noted that while self-proclaiming a commitment to national unity, they are simultaneously and paradoxically, declaring their ‘‘hate’’ for a majority of this nation’s citizenry.
“The more things change, the more they remain the same,” he added.