COMMENTS by Congress of the People (COP) leadership candidate, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, have triggered a warning from party deputy chairman, Nicole Dyer-Griffith, that contenders are to conduct themselves carefully in the public eye.
The warning came following remarks by party chairman Seepersad-Bachan that COP incumbent leader, Prakash Ramadhar, had moved to strip the chair of all roles.
Dyer-Griffith, in a media statement yesterday, said Seepersad-Bachan, who made the comments as a guest on a morning talk show, had alluded that Ramadhar’s actions were a deliberate attempt to undermine her chairmanship.
“This is the second such statement of inaccuracy that has surfaced in the public domain, the first being the issue of the responsibility for calling of an executive meeting related to the Anil Roberts issue headlined ‘Carolyn waits on COP meeting on Anil’,” Dyer-Griffith said.
Dyer-Griffith was referring to Seepersad-Bachan’s announcement last week that she, Seepersad-Bachan, had called for an executive meeting on the issue of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s support for Sport Minister, Anil Roberts.
Calls for Roberts to be dismissed have came from several quarters, including recently from Seepersad-Bachan, after a video surfaced on TV6 about a month ago, showing a man resembling Roberts’ assembling a marijuana cigarette while in a hotel room with several people, including two women.
Roberts has since, in an official letter to the PM, denied that he has ever used marijuana while a minister and Prime Minister last Thursday issued an official statement that Roberts will stay in her Cabinet.
On Seepersad-Bachan’s remarks that Ramadhar had attempted to undermine her, Dyer stated yesterday:
“On the First Up programme with Paul Richards on Monday 16th June, COP chairman, Carolyn Seepersad Bachan is noted to have advised that COP Political Leader, Prakash Ramadhar essentially moved to strip the chair of all roles, alluding to an intention to undermine her chairmanship.
Dyer-Griffith went on to remind all candidates that “the manner in which they conduct themselves in the public domain reflects strongly on the party” and as such should be in keeping with the expectation of all members to remain “candid but clean, open but respectful, and above all accurate and honest”.
The COP internal elections have been set for June 29 with four candidates seeking the leadership post—Ramadhar, Seepersad-Bachan, Culture Minister Dr Lincoln Douglas and party member and retired Regiment staff Sergeant, Rufus Foster.