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COP chairman: All our candidates are members
All the candidates contesting local government polls under the Congress of the People (COP) symbol are COP members, says party chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan. She spoke at yesterday’s post-Cabinet media conference, at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair, Port-of-Spain, after being asked to comment on PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley’s claim that some East-West Corridor UNC members had gone up on a COP ticket.
Both Seepersad-Bachan and fellow COP MP Anil Roberts hit out at mischief on two separate issues which Roberts said was being “spewed” by the PNM. Dismissing Rowley’s claim, Seepersad-Bachan said all of the people being referred to are COP members.
She also said there had been several cases of other party members going up on the tickets of other parties in the People’s Partnership, pointing out that in the 2010 election National Joint Action Committee’s (NJAC) leader Makandal Daaga contested a seat on a COP ticket and Errol McLeod, once MSJ leader, had contested the Pointe-a-Pierre seat on a UNC ticket. Daaga and McLeod were both allowed to contest. “So it’s very curious how this matter is coming up now,” she added.
Seepersad-Bachan heaped scorn on Rowley’s description of the PP’s Monday night rally venue, Harris Promenade, as a “cubbyhole.” She said as a San Fernando resident, the location was a proud part of San Fernando’s heritage and should not by any means be seen as a “cubbyhole.” “I take great objection to that,” she added.
Roberts struck at Rowley’s claims of insufficient funding for sport, saying in its term the PP administration had invested more than the PNM did in sport, with $176 million in the sporting sector, including $65 million in 2013 for athletes and $8 million for 53 elite athletes. Roberts said gold medallist Jehue Gordon received $300,000 before his successful Moscow race — $56,000 more than his allotted sum and even more than Olympic bronze medal swimmer George Bovell III.
He said Gordon also received assistance from the ministry in the form of a massage therapist whom the ministry had sent to him in London when Gordon sought help. “When I hear the PNM saying Gordon didn’t get and was out there ‘hungry,’ nothing is further from the truth and this is a lot of mischief being spewed by the Opposition Leader,” Roberts said.
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