Robert Too Late To Run For PPP Presidential Candidate
If Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud has dreams of running as the Presidential Candidate for the PPP he may have to wake up to the reality that not all dreams come through, at least not now. Today PPP General Secretary Donald Ramotar who is himself in the race to become the Presidential Candidate for the party said Persaud has not officially indicated to the party that he is interested in the post and it’s just too late right now for him to join the race. 5 senior party members including the General Secretary have indicated their interest in the job. 4 of them have already appeared before the party’s executive committee to be screened, the other nominee Moses Nagamootoo has refused to be apart of that process.
Robert Persaud in a statement earlier this week appeared to be leaving all doors open about a possible late entry. In the statement he said he remains a loyal servant of the people and party and would be willing to serve in whatever capacity the people, the party or the government would desire.
Persaud said he has been bombarded by young people who have been questioning him about a possible presidential run. He said his greatest joy has been serving the people of Guyana.
The agriculture minister’s name has been whispered for years as a possible Presidential candidate for the party, at one stage it even appeared as though he was receiving the support of senior party functionaries and senior government official as he rose from the head of the government information agency to information liaison for the president and eventually to his current post as agriculture minister. The agriculture ministry remains one of the most important ones especially because of its links to the sugar industry which is Guyana’s largest employer. The ruling party has always remained close to the sugar industry.
It remains unclear why Persaud did not express an earlier interest in the race but party sources say he may have wanted to observe what was really going on with the race before making a move.
The PPP’s executive and central committees are expected to have the final say on who will lead the party into the upcoming elections. The party is hoping to get the process with over before the end of April as elections could come just around or just after the month of august.
Meanwhile the party has not yet discussed how the voting process will go whether by show of hands or secret ballot. A senior party member today said it will most likely be discussed when and if the party meets to decide on a candidate. Capitol News understands that the party is still looking at the possibility of coming up with a consensus candidate which would shut off the race, forcing 4 out of the 5 nominees back to stands.