Twelve years ago the AFC started off with a declaration that it would be a Third Force holding the balance of power between the PPP and the PNC. It was a brilliant idea that appealed to many folks who're fed up with tit-for-tat dead-end politics.
Nearly 3 years ago, despite the then AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan asserting that the AFC would become "dead meat" if it allied itself to another political party, the AFC went ahead and coalesced with the PNC-dominated APNU.
Though bewildered, many AFC members and supporters gave the party the benefit of the doubt and gave their blessings. At the same time, some AFC functionaries like Sixtus Edwards opposed the move and left the party.
Shortly after the 2015 general election some AFC supporters like Gilbakka were stunned to know that the AFC supported the coalition's decision to hike ministers' and parliamentarians' salaries up to 50 percent, effective from June 2015, ie only one month after getting power.
Between then and now there is anecdotal evidence in the mass media and social media that grassroots support for the AFC has shrunk tremendously. Instead of honestly taking stock of this development, AFC leaders are blissfully carrying on as if everything is hunky-dory.
Today, the AFC is no longer the Third Force it had promised to be, thanks to the weaknesses and dishonesty of its founding leaders.