Rising political star and APNU Member Sharma Solomon is likely to be replaced as the Regional Chairman for Region #10.
News Source understands that former Member of Parliament for the APNU, Renis Morian who served in the 10th Parliament, has been earmarked as the new Chairman for the bauxite rich region.
Solomon served as the APNU+AFC campaign manager for Region #10 for the May 11 elections. His name appeared on the regional list but was absent from the national list. He was very active as Regional Chairman but had gotten into a few tussles with his party’s leadership on several issues at the party and regional level.
It is unclear whether the new David Granger administration has set aside any national position in the government for him.
A team from the APNU+AFC coalition travelled to Linden on Thursday and extracted the candidates from the regional list who will now serve on the Regional Democratic Council. Solomon’s name was not one of those extracted.
The Regional Chairman is selected by members of the new council from among them.
APNU General Secretary Joe Harmon told News Source that he does not believe the position of Chairman for Region 10 has been settled on although he admitted that if Solomon’s name is not among the names extracted from the list to serve the Regional Democratic Council, it is likely that he will not continue on as Chairman.
Speaking to News Source, Solomon said he was not invited to any meeting for the extraction of names from the party’s regional list and he has not been informed of any decision to replace him. He said whether at the regional or national level, he remains committed to serve the people of Guyana.
Sources close to Solomon said there is some disquiet in the Linden community among his supporters over the pending decision.
One source said Solomon remains one of the most popular political figures in Linden and some of his supporters have already started a petition against any effort to replace him, especially if he is not being offered a national position to serve the people of Guyana.
Solomon was heavily criticized last year when he challenged party leader David Granger for the position of Leader of the People’s National Congress and continuously accused the party’s leadership of skulduggery in the run up and after the party elections. The challenge also saw the opening of the party congress greeted by protestors who were taken to the Georgetown headquarters by supporters of Solomon.
Former APNU Member of Parliament, Vanessa Kissoon who remains one of Solomon’s closest political allies was completely left off of the party’s candidate’s list for the just concluded national elections.
She had been suspended from the PNC for an argument she had with the party’s General Secretary Oscar Clarke over her refusal to hand over the keys for the party’s Linden office to its new regional coordinator.
A political insider who once supported Solomon explained to News Source that the path was being set for Solomon’s elevation in the party but his constant public attacks on the party’s leadership during its congress may have forced many of his supporters to move from his side.
Despite the falling out, both Kissoon and Solomon led the APNU+AFC campaign in Linden and they have been credited along with other community leaders for the large victory the party pulled off in the region.