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Griffith: No plans to join Warner’s ILP
Despite predictions to the contrary, no MPs have as yet crossed the floor to join Jack Warner’s Independent Liberal Party (ILP). Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Rodger Samuel, who was on a “full fast” for seven days, ended his fast on Sunday. Contacted on Tuesday, however, Samuel, a COP MP, said he was extending his fast and prayers for ten more days. “I have decided to continue my fast for another ten days, but from six to six,” he added. Pressed further, Samuel said he was not “taking any interviews now.”
National security adviser to the PM Gary Griffith, who resigned from the United National Congress (UNC), on Tuesday said he did not intend to join the ILP, saying he has no idea where his political career was heading at the moment. But Warner’s victory, Griffith added, must serve as a wake-up call for the UNC to reassess itself and its way forward. “I have no intention of joining the ILP. My focus is not one of a political future but to instead create a safer environment for my country,” Griffith told the T&T Guardian in a telephone interview. “My involvement in the Government has nothing to do with political affiliation with the UNC. It has to do with country. “Who knows what the future has? But right now I have simply no political affiliations. I am just committed to the country.”
Griffith said he always considered himself as having a “strong affiliation” with the Congress of the People (COP) and his umbilical cord was always closely connected to it. However, he condemned the Congress of the People’s statement that Warner’s victory showed a “new vulgar concept of the politics of money.” A press release issued and signed by COP leader Prakash Ramadhar said: “This victory represents a most dangerous development in the politics of our country. This outcome also signals the people are not satisfied with the performance of the Government after three years.” That, Griffith said, was an insult to the voters who supported Warner. “This was totally uncalled for and upsetting...It is a slap in the face, not only to the thousands of voters, but also to the country’s democratic process, and it must be strongly condemned,” he added.
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