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Abdulah: Its a David-Goliath fight
Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) leader David Abdulah says the local government elections are like a fight between David and Goliath, so with slingshot and pebbles the MSJ will win the political war. Speaking at a press conference at its headquarters, St Joseph Village, San Fernando, on Tuesday, Abdulah said MSJ’s existence in the elections race was not being recognised by the status quo.
He also hit back at the Congress of the People (COP), saying the COP should be thankful to him and the MSJ, without whom there would have been no Fyzabad declaration and no People’s Partnership. Responding to the COP’s objection to MSJ’s inclusion and the COP’s exclusion from the Debate Commission’s activities, he said:
“The COP seems to only make a fuss and make noise and find its voice to complain when it seems not to have what they think is due to them in terms of position and place in the politics of the this country. “It is purely a selfish motivation on the part of the COP and then they were threatening if they don’t get into the debate they will ask all the parties in the partnership to withdraw from the debate.”
Abdulah predicted that the COP would do very badly in the elections. He recalled that on the evening of the signing of the Fyzabad Declaration, then COP leader Winston Dookeran refused to sign the declaration because it was amended unilaterally by UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Abdulah said only after he negotiated certain amendments did Dookeran agree to sign it.
He added: “Had I not taken that role, had the MSJ not taken that role of mediator in an effort to resolve conflicts between the UNC and COP, there would have been no partnership and the COP would have gotten zero seats in the general and zero seats in the local government elections. “So they should thank us for being where they are today, rather than complaining about being left out of the debate.”
He noted that the MSJ candidates were not listed in the newspapers or recognised by the NACTA poll. But the MSJ was not bothered, he said, adding: “You know that this is a David versus Goliath fight and we know who is David and we know who won that fight. So we have our lil slingshot and our lil slingshot with a few pebbles is going to win this political war.” He was also critical of the UNC, which had campaigned in 2010 against the Manning administration’s use of Chinese contractors but was now doing the same thing.
He said the PNM and UNC were cut from the same cloth and the ILP and UNC are UNC team A and UNC team B.
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