After Granger finally condescended to meet the Opposition Leader to “hammer out” the selection of another GECOM Chair, your Eyewitness wrote the following: That’s a step forward, albeit a baby step. After all, the term “hammering out” is very evocative, since it accurately reflects what’s going to happen over the next few days; analogous with beating a piece of metal until it becomes flat!!
That’s a whole lotta hammering!! Trust your Eyewitness, the process ain’t gonna be easy!! But it should have been since the OL threw the (caretaker) President a lollipop when he accepted, even before the meeting, that he was open to the latter making SUGGESTIONS on names he found acceptable. This move suggested that the OL saw the process as hammering swords into ploughshares, but your Eyewitness hopes the OL isn’t holding his breath. He might just asphyxiate!!
The PNC knows only one way to play politics – as a continuation of war by other means!! And with caretaker Granger, his Director General and his insider staff all from the Disciplined Forces, that shouldn’t be very hard— all they know is war!! Did you see the caretaker put on his game face at his press conference right after the Jagdeo meeting? Did you hear him still insisting he has always complied with the Constitution?? Yep!! Even after his GECOM pick was nixed by the CCJ!!
The OL revealed that he’ll start the hammering with names from the previous 3 lists who are still available to make up his six. Now since these were all rejected by caretaker Granger before, your Eyewitness doesn’t see him changing his mind now, since this would prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he had Patterson in mind from the word go and wasn’t prepared to follow the constitutional rules of the game.
Your Eyewitness therefore sees a phase two in which there will be the need for a second list, but he hopes the OL isn’t trusting enough to include any names the caretaker might’ve suggested. These will definitely be Manchurian candidates – sleepers to be “awakened” on the night of the elections!! But if the caretaker President rejects this list, the CCJ has ruled he’ll have to give reasons for doing so. And from his truculence at his presser, he ain’t giving no reasons!!”
Well, your Eyewitness isn’t one to say, “I told you so!”…he just wants to reiterate that when it comes to the PNC, it doesn’t take a genius to predict what they’ll do! So the submission of Granger’s 8 names isn’t surprising…it’s just his move to thumb his nose at the PPP, the spirit of the Constitution AND the CCJ!!
The man didn’t even LOOK at Jagdeo’s list!!
… Contempt for Constitution
Winston Jordan escaped being outfitted with that orange jumpsuit by the hair on his chinny chin chin!! He started to quiver and shake over what was in store for him at #12 Camp Street!! He screamed the Courts weren’t taking into consideration he was a ‘bureaucrat”!! Really?? Do bureaucrats run around the country screaming “WAR BREAK!!” to the political Opposition and threaten to go in the streets if the CCJ dare order elections in three months in accordance with the Constitution?
But then again, he was always PNC – like Granger admitted about himself when he was in the army – even though he was in the Budget Office during the PPP days. And PNC people don’t only get “wuk” from PNC leaders – they get saved from jail!! Granger used his Prerogative of Mercy Power by Art 188 to stave off jail time until Jordan exhausts his legal appeals.
But ooops!!…he didn’t consult with the Council of the Prerogative of Mercy, according to Art 189!!
Get that jumpsuit ready!!
Remember the punch line from all those Freddy Krueger’s Friday 13th movies that scared the bejusus out of you?? He’s Baaaack!! Well your Eyewitness got his goosebumps raised when he read Granger’s list of 8.