One day after the Alliance For Change announced that it will be breaking away from its coalition partner, the APNU, to contest the upcoming Local Government Elections, the Chairman of the APNU and PNC Leader, President David Granger does not appear too worried about the move.
Speaking to reporters early this morning at a commemoration ceremony for late President Forbes Burnham, President Granger said the AFC’s decision is its internal party matter and he does not believe the breakaway for local elections, will in anyway jeopardize the national coalition.
“It is my view that both the AFC and APNU remain committed to coalition politics and this in no way will damage the prospects of our two parties going into the General and Regional Elections. This is entirely a local matter. It is entirely a party political matter but we do not feel that there is any danger that the coalition is in jeopardy”, the President said.
The AFC in a Sunday afternoon statement announcing its decision, blamed “inconclusive negotiations” with the APNU as the reason behind its decision to head into the Local Government Elections on its own.
President Granger on Monday hinted that the two parties could not reach an agreement on “core principles” for a coalition for the Local Government polls.
“This is an AFC decision. We did exchange certain memoranda and the APNU had drafted its own core principles and we submitted those principles to the AFC for consideration. I don’t know about the internal decision making in the AFC, but we respect their decision and the AFC, I think respects the decisions within the APNU”.
News Source understands that the AFC was pushing for more seats on the Councils across the country. However, leading members of the APNU have pointed out that in many of the areas where the APNU will easily win and do well are areas that have been traditionally faithful to the People’s National Congress, which is the largest party in the APNU and the coalition.
The two parties entered the last Local Government Elections as a coalition but with no agreement in place. The only existing coalition agreement only covers General Elections.