Joey Jagan endorses APNU+AFC; says Jagdeo is the ‘coolie bully of politics’ + APNU+AFC jingles

Joey Jagan endorses APNU+AFC; says Jagdeo is the ‘coolie bully of politics’; welcomes ex-military in politics

Monday, 04 May 2015 – Written by  Demerara Waves – by Zena Henry

Joey Jagan

Dr. Cheddi “Joey” Jagan

With seven days left to General polls son of former President Dr. Cheddi Jagan has come out in full support of A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance for Change (APNU +AFC) Coalition, and has urged all Guyanese to vote for the opposition party.

Addressing media operatives at his dental office located at Charlotte Street, Jagan endorsed the Coalition saying that it is the best choice for Guyana.

Jagan alluded to what he considered the poor management of the country by the current administration and concluded that, “it is time for change.”  

He said that in the last election, he supported the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), which his father was one of the founding fathers of, because they had promised several things such as the activation of the party’s civic arm, a passport office in Berbice among other things he wished to see develop in the country. The PPP has said the civic is very informal and loose grouping. Government has decentralised the issuance of passports.

However, a mere two months later he realized that the party’s current leaders were not genuine in their utterances. Jagan said that while persons might say that he is bumping around the political arena from one party to the other, he said he has not lost his vision for inclusive governance; something he has been unable to convince the PPP about.

Jagan has thus asked the electorate, specifically the Indian population to, “throw aside your prejudices; throw aside your blind loyalties to people who cannot help you anymore. After 23-years of rule it is time for a Change,” he said.

Jagan said not everything the PPP/C did was wrong but claimed that they have done enough bad things that are not supposed to give them another term in office.

Jagan said that, “I have to come to the conclusion after living here that if this whole population was East Indian and the Coalition’s presidential candidate David Granger was an Indian, the PPP couldn’t even get 25 percent of the votes.” He continued that, Guyana has had serious ethnic problems, especially politics, and it has wrecked the country.

He noted, however, that Guyana has great potential for every one; “a slice of the Guyanese pie for everyone… everybody must get a slice and that is why I endorse Mr. Granger for President and this change in government to bring the alliance of APNU and the AFC Coalition to the forefront to run our affairs”

Jagan also shot down possible assertions that Granger should not be president because he is black, stating that such a statement could not get pass him.

The former president’s son also waded into the ruling party for neglecting the country. “Yes we have a Marriott, but where is the drinking water? Where is our city going?” he questioned. Jagan ridiculed that the government boast of a five star hotel, which they have set in a “one star city.” He pointed to other infrastructure going up but no buses to take kids to school and funds to provide meals for poor students.

He took the opportunity also to address claims of militarization being made by former president Bharrat Jagdeo in relation to Granger being a former military officer. Jagan said he was also a military man in the US and there is nothing wrong with having a military background. He said in fact, that that is exactly what is needed in Guyana “disciplined people to run our country.”

He reiterated that a Coalition government is perfect for Guyana given its ethnic divide. Jagan noted that he met with President Donald Ramotar months ago advising that he make Granger his Prime Minister and offer a free hand to the opposition. However, to avoid inclusive governance, Jagan said they refused his advice.

As it relates to former President Bharrat Jagdeo who is being accused of race baiting and inciting race division on the campaign trail, Jagan described him as the “coolie bully of politics.” He said that Jagdeo is in attack mode and he has no other way to go.

“Mr. Jagdeo resurrecting the past and cussing out the military and doing all that is a part of his game plan, to be that way to bully the Indians, locking in on them. The East Indians in this country are in a trap. They are locked in and when you use this type of description of people you got the scare tactic that works for them.”

Jagan said if the Coalition asks for his assistance he will help in any way possible. He did not shy away from accepting a position in the Coalition if offered.

Interview given by Dr Cheddi (Joey) Jagan on “Inside Guyana” 

Published on Apr 26, 2015 by Jay Alex

Dr. Cheddi (Joey ) Jagan, Jr. appeals for Guyanese in Guyana to Vote for the APNU-AFC Coalition at the May 11th, 2015 General and Regional Elections.

Here are two songs that feature the APNU+AFC messages:

APNU+AFC Reggae Song – By Clifford Alabama Charles

Unity (APNU+AFC) Jingle – By Kwasi Ace and Carlvin Burnett

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Comments

  • de castro  On May 5, 2015 at 1:33 am

    An interesting development ……opportunist politics or genuine concern.

    An endorsement by this newcomer in Guyana’s political arena must be a good thing….to change the “stalemate” in the political situation of today’s politics.
    The Jagan dynasty continues.Like father like son. Hope so !

    This is a big step for Jagan dynasty
    A giant step for coalition victory.

    Que Sera
    Kamtan

  • gigi  On May 6, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Sour grapes.He’s upset because the PPP isn’t playing nepotistic politics. And he’s denigrating and disparaging “coolie” people to prove his point? Joey ought to appreciate the coolie efforts and back breaking hard work of his ancestors that got him to where he is. I am going to tell Joey what I told my constitution law professor just yesterday, a Trinidadian-American of Indian and African ancestors. When I found this out, I smilingly said to him, “you’re a coolie boy.” He responded, “shhhh…don’t say that out aloud.” I replied, “why, I’m a coolie and I’m proud of my coolie heritage.”

    Joey, do you know what white people admire about the Jews, Asians and Hispanics? Their willingness and desire to sacrifice and work hard AND often for less for the betterment of their families. Not selfishly for themselves and only in the now and immediate – instant gratification, but for the prosperity of their families in the generations still to come.

    Proud coolie girl…

  • compton de castro  On May 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Gigi
    Always had a crush on dem coolie gals in enmore estate growing up in GG
    village ECD.Later is was dem mulatto gals in Dominican Republic and Cuba.
    Married a spanglish (half Spanish half English) gal in Gibraltar and had 4 beautiful children with her….3 Guyana born.
    My children grew up in UK and now have 6 beautiful grandchildren.
    First daughter married spaniard.
    Second Scottish
    Son Italian
    Son new Zealander.
    All living in UK now. All four have exceeding my expectations which was already very high.
    Back to your remark on Joey Jagan ….if he decides to enter the political arena
    in Guyana …..expectations will be high ….hope his followers are not disappointed.
    An unknown quantity with a huge legacy to follow.
    Hope he has more “coolie” than white blood in his veins…..
    We will soon find out.

  • albert  On May 6, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Kamtan: “Back to your remark on Joey Jagan ….if he decides to enter the political arena in Guyana …..expectations will be high ….hope his followers are not disappointed.”

    Are you referring to Joey Jagan, son of CheddiJagan? or a different person. Must be a different person.

  • compton de castro  On May 6, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Yes Joey son of cheddi….unless have lost my marbles 😀

    • Thinker  On May 6, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Kamptan is no doubt unaware that Joey Jagan entered the political scene with his own party hoping that his name would attract a following. He was sadly deceived and went back into the PPP in 2011. He has now left again.

  • compton de castro  On May 6, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks for the update on Joey s political ambitions.
    So he now wishes to endorse/join the oposition parties.
    He is obviously an “opportunist” politician. Many are
    ‘…Tonyn(smiley liar) Blair was one such…..and successfully so.😈
    Was elected three times……USA was the Bush’s dynasty after the Kennedys.
    We may soon have the Clinton’s.
    Politicians are not unlike celebrities…..with gigantic ego s…..not unlike
    comrade Jagedo😇
    Think the oppositions will benefit from this “endorsement”…..😯

    Once again thanks for the background update on Joey Jagan.

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