At Babu Jaan, Shuman says still with LJP but supports PPP’s ‘inclusive’ governance

Liberty and Justice Party (LJP), the party he founded and contested the 2020 General and Regional Elections with, but he now backs the development plans of the governing People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C).

Shuman was one of hundreds of persons who gathered at Babu Jaan, Port Mourant in Region Six (East Berbice- Corentyne) on Sunday for the PPP’s annual memorial event honouring the legacy of the party’s founding member and former President, Dr. Cheddi Jagan.

He was dressed in a red shirt similar to the hundreds of PPP/C supporters and members. But when asked by the News Room if he had now joined the PPP, Shuman was hesitant to respond.

The LJP’s Lenox Shuman joined hundreds of PPP supporters and members at the memorial event held at Babu Jaan (Photo: News Room/ March 10, 2024)

Instead, he affirmed that he is still part of the LJP and that there have been no plans to merge that party with the PPP/C.

“I’m still with the LJP but I think one of the things I’ve looked at is that the PPP has led the country in a manner that I think supports development (and) that is inclusive.

“…If we want Guyana to progress and to go forward, we cannot be obstructionist and I quite support what they’ve done so far,” Shuman said on Sunday when engaged by the News Room.

Shuman launched the LJP in 2019 and gave up his Canadian citizenship as he joined the race to become Guyana’s President in 2020.

Shuman and the LJP later joined two other smaller parties: New and United Guyana (ANUG) and The New Movement (TNM), to share a single seat in the National Assembly on a rotational basis. He was the first representative of the joinder list to occupy the seat in Parliament and eventually become the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.

Shuman was also appointed an advisor in the PPP government but resigned from that post earlier this year to set up a new Guyanese airline.