Top Guyanese Ambassador Odeem Ishmael has publicly called on the People’s Progressive Party to concede defeat in the 2015 elections for which preliminary results released by the Guyana Elections Commission, show an end to its 23 year rule.
Ishamel is currently Guyana’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Kuwait.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Ishamel urged the party to accept the APNU+AFC victory as announced by GECOM.
He said “it is my firm opinion that the PPP should concede since any recount will not statistically change the result of the elections as announced by GECOM.”
According to Ishmael, by conceding victory, President Donald Ramotar will in no lesser way demonstrate the unity that is needed to take Guyana forward.
“Good leadership is essential especially at this time; and by conceding and with the outgoing president meeting with the incoming president and offering working cooperation, at least that will be aptly demonstrated clearly to all Guyanese,” said Ishmael.
He is also Guyana’s non-resident Ambassador to Qatar.
Ambassador Ishmael served in the Central Committee and the leadership of the Progressive Youth Organization from 1972 to 1982 and in the Central Committee of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) of from 1980 to 1988.
Ismael joins a growing list of PPP supporters who are calling for the party to concede the elections and allow the country to move forward.
President Donald Ramotar and Former President Bharat Jagdeo continue to complain that the elections were rigged although the observers and the American, British and Canadian governments have all declared that the elections were free, fair and credible. (Kurt Campbell)