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Pastor to Rowley: Be prepared for return to power
Not before long, Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley and the People’s National Movement will be summoned to leadership and Rowley must tighten up his team within the next 90 days. This prophecy is coming from pastor Vivian Duncan of the Divine Destiny Worship Centre in Diego Martin and follows on the PNM’s historic win in last Monday’s Tobago House of Assembly election. The PNM captured all twelve Assembly seats.
Duncan disclosed his prophecy shortly after he took the stage on Thursday night at the PNM’s thanksgiving service marking the party’s 57th anniversary at Balisier House. Eyes closed, he said to Rowley, PNM leaders and supporters, “I prophesy to you, not before long, this leader and the party will be summoned to leadership.”
Moving into prayer mode, Duncan advised that Rowley must urgently “tighten up” his team within the next 90 days. “I am speaking to the political leader and the chairman. I am calling for team-building, truth and integrity. “The question is, when you get into power, will there be somebody on the team who will break down the party?”
Duncan said he made the same prophecy to former prime minister Patrick Manning in 1999 when the PNM was in opposition. “It was at a crusade I met Manning and I prophesied to him what God would do for him and the PNM.” The PNM tied with the UNC in the next general election and then president Arthur NR Robinson, on the basis of what he described as moral authority, put the PNM in office.
After the PNM failed to secure a majority in a hung parliament, another general election was called in 2002 with the party retaining the reins. The PNM wrested the next general election in 2007 and lost in May 2010 to the People’s Partnership. Duncan said he had warned Manning he should give God pride of place in decision making.
“And we all know what happened,” he told PNM supporters at Balisier House. Duncan said he was sending out the same warning to the current PNM leadership. “If God puts you back as leader of the nation, will you honour Him by giving Him pride of place in decision making? “When the PNM gets back in power, will there be bloodletting, stealing from the public purse and fighting among one another for power?” he asked.