Don’t nasty up Seaga’s name – Stewart warns
Vice-president of the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA), Carvel Stewart, has labelled members of the organisation who argued that the late president Edward Seaga's stronghold on the association has affected it negatively as disingenuous and hypocritical.
Stewart says those trying to use Seaga's name to create this negative impression should stop it, as the clubs benefited equally from the PLCA proceeds though the former prime minister was the lone signatory to the company's article of incorporation.
"That should not have been an issue. That is a nastiness that should not have been brought up. They (detractors) use the fact of what is really a subscriber share. When you are forming a company the subscriber has to have a share, and that is what that was about," he reasoned.
"That fact is, and what should be pointed out, is that every year since the incorporation of the PLCA, the money garnered by the PLCA has been shared equally by all the clubs. Nobody enjoyed any benefits above anybody else. If the money had belonged to him (Seaga), then it could not have been distributed in the manner that it was been distributed, and his club (Tivoli Gardens) never enjoyed any more benefits than any other club at any time during the existence of the PLCA."
Major piece of hypocrisy
He continued: "So the man's name should not be called in that respect. It is a major piece of hypocrisy when the money is being distributed equally. It is hypocritical to use his name and talk about the ownership and all sort of things when they (clubs) enjoyed the fruits of his and the PLCA labour equally. That should be left alone, it should not have been brought up in the first place. So leave the man name alone and allow for what our agreement is to flourish."
The PLCA was conceptualised and established by Seaga in 2007 to organise, administrate and generate funding for the nation's top football league. However, the fact that he is the lone signatory on the organisation's article of incorporation, even after his passing, has never been fully accepted by a number of clubs, who still advocate for it to be changed.