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More COP fall out over leadership polls

Published: 
Monday, September 11, 2017

A Congress of the People (COP) executive member resigned yesterday as conflict over the eligibility of Nicole Dyer Griffith to run for the leadership of the party continues. Sangetta Ramnanan said she was disappointed and saddened by what the party had become.

“To me the party I joined now no longer exists. Up to the lead up of the last political election I thought we had a platform on which we fought for and we could build . . . but the need for power and the thirst for power among certain people is degrading our party and brought it to the level that we had to go to the court to deal with internal issues.

“This opened my eyes that the party is no more. The values which I stood for no longer exists to exists in in the COP. The name of the COP is now laughed at,” Ramnanan said.

Sources said a former MP who is a party member expressed disappointment and even described yesterday’s meeting as a charade. COP member Jean-Paul Pouchet, who also attended the meeting, said he too was concerned about yesterday’s proceedings.

However COP chairman Jamieson Bahadur said the meeting went smoothly. He said November 19 is the date for selection of a political leader and the party’s national elections will take place on December 10.

Asked whether Dyer Griffith was at the meeting, Bahadur said she is not a member of the party and has to reapply following which it will be decided whether she will be accepted by the executive.

Contacted for comment, Dyer Griffith said: “I find this quite amazing because many months ago I submitted my application and I was interviewed by the political leader, the deputy political leader and the general secretary and I received a letter confirming my acceptance to the organisation.

“I also received a membership card and my name was also placed back on the list of the COP.”

She said she was also accepted as a candidate in the political leader election.

Dyer Griffith said she is still awaiting the decision of the court on the issue of her eligibility to contest the leadership polls.

Last month COP political leader Dr Anirudh Mahabir and general secretary lyde Weatherhead resigned over ongoing legal drama within the party, specifically High Court proceedings challenging the candidacy of Dyer Griffith and the right of 34 other people to vote in the election.