September 26, 2016

PPP/C crafting plan to win over key APNU/AFC strongholds – Jagdeo

By Ahreefa Bacchus

The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has their eyes set on gaining the support of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) strongholds. This was revealed by Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo who said his Party will be engaging in campaigns to garner support from the coalition strongholds, particularly Linden and New Amsterdam.

Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo

Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo

Jagdeo made this revelation while responding to the media on the Party’s plans to consolidate its traditional supporters. “Consolidation will be important, first of all. We have always worked in areas where we did not receive votes traditionally. So there is no hidden agenda here.
Everyone knows where the bulk of the support of the two parties comes from APNU and the PPP, a significant amount of our support comes from rural folks and Indo-Guyanese but we have always worked in places like Linden and other places,” Jagdeo explained.
The former president related that at one point, the PPP/C had seen a significant increase of supporters in Linden, however, due to failure to continue their political work in the area that support later retracted.
This, he affirmed, will be addressed and the Party will be increasing their effort to garner support from Lindeners. “Our votes moved from two per cent in Linden, Region Ten in 1992 to 24 per cent in 2006. One in four persons in that region voted PPP in 2006. Then it fell back to around 17 per cent in the last two elections. So I think we neglected to continue the momentum that we had. So we intend to resume work once we, first of all consolidate the base, to working in areas that traditionally did not vote for us because we have seen significant successes in those votes,” he stated.
“I think that we did not do enough work in places like New Amsterdam, Georgetown and Linden in the last several years. We should have done much more work in those areas, not civil works or Government works but political work,” Jagdeo posited.
Further, he opined that the PPP/C had transformed the infrastructure of Linden, despite the fact that they did not receive support from the electorate in that area.  “If you look at progress in Linden and how we approached it, I have more of a history of working in Linden than many of those who are in Parliament representing the APNU supporters. Sometimes you do a lot of civil works but if you don’t follow up with the political work you don’t get the sort of benefit,” he stated.
Jagdeo added it has been noted that residents of Linden were misled into thinking that the PPP/C, while in Government, only invested in projects which benefited Indo-Guyanese. He stated that as such, the PPP/C will be resuming their campaign to gain these supporters.
“We need to consolidate our base, but we need to work hard in APNU-controlled areas to explain to people that our policies are good for everyone. They had nothing to fear in the past with us being in power and they have nothing to fear with us resuming power. We value their support and that work starts next week,” he affirmed.

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