Guyana Politics: PPP’s Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali wants Jagdeo as his Vice President

PPP’s Presidential Candidate, Irfaan Ali, during his interview with Kaieteur Radio  host , Leonard Gildarie

During an exclusive interview yesterday on Kaieteur Radio, with host of ‘The Political Show’, Senior Reporter, Leonard Gildarie, the 39-year-old Ali, who was selected to run for President by his party in January, asserted that former president Jagdeo would bring skills and experience to the table that are unquestionable.

Jagdeo and the PPP leadership have remained silent in the past about a likely role.           

Ali, a former Minister of Housing and Water under the government of the PPP/C, said that while there have been no discussions with Jagdeo, the party would not lock out any skills.

PPP/C, whose 23 continuous years of governance ended in 2015 with the David Granger-led Coalition taking office, is vying to regain power in elections slated for March 2nd 2020, at a time when Guyana is set to start commercially producing oil.
There is much riding for the PPP which has been revamping its image.

According to Ali, constitutionally, there is nothing stopping him from appointing Jagdeo as vice president. Under the constitution, there is a limit of two terms for the president.

Appointing Jagdeo as vice president could open the door of him performing the duties of the president.

Ali, a Central Committee member of his party, was asked pointedly what role Jagdeo would play if his party is returned to power. He said that it is a fact that it is a question that has been raised across the country – from the common man to the most sophisticated – about the role Jagdeo would play.

Ali said that the issue of what Jagdeo wants to do if the PPP gets back in power has not been discussed. “That is not his style. His style is getting things done… his style is results. His style is having the best measures, menu of measures for his party. His style is about Guyana. That is his style.”

Ali said that as a president, he would want a man with the experience, skills and competence of Jagdeo to serve with him.
“I would love to have him serving my government. I want my government to be successful in ensuring its manifesto is implemented, and to do that we have to have the best skills, the best competence, not only in the party, but nationally.”

The former minister said that his government will not “lock out” any individual skills.

“The skills and experience he brings onto the table is unquestionable. So let me tell you. Irfaan Ali as president I would love to, and I have not discussed this with him… I would love to have Bharrat Jagdeo as my vice president.”

Asked whether it is allowed constitutionally, Ali said yes.

“I want to have the best team… competent team taking this country forward and I want to tell you… that my style of leadership and management and at (the Ministry) of Housing and Water, it included inclusiveness…”

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Comments

  • kamtanblog  On November 10, 2019 at 5:40 am

    Choosing a criminal as a running mate
    is not only silly ..it’s stupid !
    In my opinion

    The stigmata of public office

    Go figure

    Kamtan

  • brandli62  On November 10, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Sounds to me like the Putin-Medvedev deal in Russia from 2008-2012, where Medvedev served a as the President in name and Putin was the prime minister, but actually ran the show from the back.

  • Linda  On November 10, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Basically what Ali is saying is, that as the President, he would be lacking in all the skills that he claims Jagdeo to have and so Jagdeo, will in fact, be the President working behind the scenes. So if he does not think that he’s qualified to be President why is he running for that office. These two must really think that Guyanese people are totally oblivious to what they’re up to and, in fact, are being very disrespectful to the very people they want to govern. Even members of the PPP must see the Agenda of Ali and Jagdeo. Come again Jag. The people are on to you and your shinnanigans. You and your croonies will not be getting your hands on the oil money.

  • shovid  On November 10, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    BJ knows the running of Things…Good Move.
    How many does the other guys Have??

    • kamtanblog  On November 10, 2019 at 11:20 pm

      Maybe
      But BJ corrupt reputation exceeds his
      political ambitions. The stigmata sticks…
      not easily swept under carpet.
      Public knowledge.
      Tactical error…
      Early days

      Kamtan

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