‘Did I say I had the winning SOPs?’ – Norton backflips on recent comments
Leader of the Opposition Aubrey Norton seems to have backpedalled on his recent comments about being in possession of the ‘winning’ Statements of Poll (SOPs) of the APNU+AFC.
It was only four days ago that Norton told Vice President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo that he will provide the coalition’s SOPs if Jagdeo agrees to a public debate.
When confronted on Friday afternoon outside the Office of the President by a reporter as to whether he has the “winning SOPs” in his possession, a visibly upset Norton refused to answer the question, kissed his teeth and walked away from the press.
Reporters followed him and he was asked again whether he had the documents in his possession to which he responded: “Could you bring, at any point in time, a piece of clip in which I said I had the winning SOPs? I did not.”
The reporter then said he can provide the video clip to which Norton responded: “When you provide it, come back.”
The reporter persisted in questioning Norton and asked him if he has seen the SOPs of the APNU+AFC; at this point, Norton jumped into his SUV and said “Lies will put you in jail.”
Two years after the APNU+AFC’s blatant attempt to rig the March 2020 general elections, it has not provided its SOPs which they insist show that they won the 2020 elections.
The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) had released their SoPs days after the March 02, 2020 elections which showed a victory for Irfaan Ali and the PPP/C.
A recount of the votes several weeks later also confirmed that the PPP/C had won the elections. The 2020 elections were marred by controversy after officials from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), with the support of APNU+AFC, attempted to change the results in favour of the coalition.
One of the fraudulent declarations carried the signature of former Health Minister and APNU Executive Volda Lawrence.