Nasheed: Promising land to Male’ residents is an act of bribery

MDP's leader, Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Promising land of residents of Male’ ahead of the MDP presidential primary in an act of bribery, states MDP’s leader and Parliament speaker, former president Mohamed Nasheed.

Nasheed, who is running against President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in the primary, made the comment at the inauguration of a campaign center in Hulhumale’ on Wednesday night.

“Promising land to residents of Male’ just one week ahead of the election is, first and foremost, an act of bribery. This is violation of the constitution,” he said.

Nasheed alleged that promising land to Male’ residents after having failed to get it done in four years of office is politically motivated.

“In our administration, we wouldn’t try to get this done in the very last year of office. We wouldn’t rush to implement our policies just one week ahead of the election. This should have been the day MDP gets elected for a second term as celebration for its accomplishments,” he said.

Nasheed said that President Solih shouldn’t be re-elected given his failure to implement MDP’s housing policies.

“There is no reason why we should elect President Solih for a second term. This is crystal clear if we look at how things are, the current situation,” he said.

The rift within MDP grows as the two leaders compete for the party’s ticket. The election, in which 57,255 MDP members are eligible to vote, will take place on January 28.