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Alleyne steals show at PP Sando launch
Although he denied being asked to contest the St Joseph seat by the People’s Partnership Government, Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne last night mounted the party’s Harris Promenade, San Fernando platform and stole the show from the 136 local government candidates being introduced to the public for the first time. There was an air of excitement as the crowd came alive after Alleyne took the podium to much fanfare, as the crowd anticipated that he would announce he was indeed the candidate for St Joseph. Instead, he teased the yellow and white shirted army of supporters, telling them that he was merely taking the opportunity to mount the platform to settle a score.
Alleyne, who had hours earlier indicated his intention to appear on the PP platform during his CNC3 programme, denied having any conversation with Attorney General Anand Ramlogan or Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on the issue of contesting the St Joseph seat or being offered the Ministry of National Security, as had been suggested by interim Independent Liberal Party (ILP) leader Jack Warner during a political meeting last week. He said he was not for sale and “no politician could buy him.” However, Alleyne told the audience that while in the past he had refused to work with any government, it was now time to put country first in the fight against crime.
He said while the current Government had the equipment to fight crime, he had the information, and called on the PM and National Security Minister Gary Griffith to come and “let us clean up the dance.” Speaking afterwards, Persad-Bissessar pleaded with the audience not to split the votes with the ILP. She said everything was at stake in this local government elections and everything they had fought to achieve could be lost if they allowed Warner to split the PP votes. Local Government Minister Marlene Coudray had earlier urged the audience to not be confused when they go out to vote and put their X by either the symbols of NJAC, UNC or COP, as “we are all one.”
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