July 15 ,2021
Members of the PNCR’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) today piled pressure on party leader, former President David Granger over the long-stalled Congress of the party and the admission of two parties which they deemed “shells” to A Partnership for National Unity.
Stabroek News has confirmed with two members of the CEC that the unsigned statement is authentic and represents the views of some of the executives.
The statement issued by the members follows:
DAVID GRANGER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN THE PNCR INTO A “ONE MAN SHOW”
This statement serves to inform members of PNCR that Mr David Granger and Miss Amna Ally continue to disregard the decisions of the Central Executive Committee, which the Leader and the General Secretary are part of and subjected to, since the CEC is the highest decision forum in the absence of Congress and General Council. The most recent disregard is the “one man” decision by Mr David Granger to go ahead and commit the PNCR to continue its involvement and accept two recently formed parties as part of the APNU. The actions of Mr David Granger are without any doubt unconstitutional and an affront to the membership of our Party. He will not be allowed to reduce the PNCR into a “One Man Show”.
As you may be aware, the PNCR never agreed to accept the recently formed Equal Rights and Justice Party or the Guyana National Builders Movement into the APNU. Members, we know nothing about these parties! They were never launched nationally, and we are unaware of what benefits they bring for the PNCR to even considering accepting them into the Partnership. That’s why we suspect them as “shell parties”. Further, the CEC, at its last meeting, specifically mandated Mr David Granger and Ms Amna Ally to put on hold any further involvement of the PNCR with the APNU until the status of that Partnership was fully discussed and decisions on the way forward are taken. Notwithstanding the Party’s decision, Mr Granger went ahead and publicly advertised that the PNCR has accepted these two shell parties as part of the APNU. After that disregard, the CEC reminded Mr David Granger of the Party’s decision on the matter and expected that that would be the end of it until we have internal Party discussions. Members, we are now witnessing this latest disregard of the Party’s decision, compounded by Mr Granger affixing the symbols of these two non-approved parties onto a programme purported to be that of the APNU for its 10th Anniversary Celebrations. That is a “one man show” which the Party will not allow Mr Granger to get away with. Therefore, the Party does not recognize these two shell parties as part of the APNU.
Members of the PNCR, we must decide on which side of history we choose to be. Are we going to be on the side of history and good practice and abide by the Constitution of our great Party or are we going to accept these breaches of our constitution and unilateral decision making? Our goal is to ensure that the constitution is followed and not breached. We therefore believe that we, the members of this great Party, will choose to be on the right side of constitutional conduct. A careful reading of the Party’s Constitution indicates that no one is above it, not even Mr Granger. It is for this reason that we have begun to meet with you across all regions so you can be informed of the state of our Party and join in Saving our Party. It is for this reason we are meeting to inform you that there will be a Congress before the end of this year. It is for this reason that we are meeting to let you know that there is a “Congress Convening Sub-committee” and work has begun in earnest to hold our overdue Congress.
Members of the PNCR, let us come together, hold Congress, elect new leadership, and continue the development this great Party to take back office at the next general and regional elections.
Our great Part is larger than any ‘one man’. Onward to Victory!
Central Executive Committee