Mohamed Waheed 'Waddey' Ibrahim of the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM), who had withdrawn his name from the Kaashidhoo constituency bi-election candidacy, has said that he would not support Jumhoory Party's candidate Abdulla Jabir in the bi-election, despite PPM's endorsement.
Speaking at the meeting held by PPM at the artificial beach last night noting the proceedings within the party following his decision to contest in the bi-election he said that several uninvolved have been discredited due to it.
He detailed that his decision to contest was made under rights he is entitled to but that he withdrew his name with the best interest of the party and the nation at heart.
He told that he had not been bought off with bribes by any businessman and that he would never want to either.
“I will say it simply; I don’t want to see the people of Kaashidhoo and Gaafaru shedding tears tomorrow. No matter how many ways stories are fabricated I am saying that I don’t support Jabir. I made the sacrifice for my party, for my nation. The reason behind my sacrifice is the people of the Kaashidhoo constituency. If from all the candidates you don’t find my name amongst the best three, I don’t want to pursue it any further,” he said.
He claimed that “his loyalty was far stronger than those who would sell off their integrity for bribes,” and that he withdrew from the bi-election as a gift for the former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom.
“I swear by Allah that I cannot be bought by any businessman,” he said.
He expressed his disappointment at attempts to purchase the rights of the people of Kaashidhoo and Gaafaru and stressed that he will never support it.
He said that PPM has always been a party that has worked for the benefit of the nation rather than for its own self interest while former President Nasheed who assumed power in 2008 and his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) had not worked for the benefit of the nation.
According to Waheed the health and economic issues and several other challenges the nation faced was solved by the Maumoon administration and that Nasheed’s administration had merely backtracked on the progress and thus those who experience ‘moments’ cannot run a country.