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Rowley: We don’t want to win St Joseph by default
Who is fighting the People’s National Movement (PNM) in the November 4 St Joseph by-election? That was the question party leader Dr Keith Rowley wanted answered as he addressed a public meeting of the PNM in San Juan on Saturday night, less that 48 hours before Nomination Day, which is today. Two weeks ago the PNM selected Senator Terrence Deyalsingh to contest the by-election, which was caused by the resignation of former Justice Minister Herbert Volney of the United National Congress. The UNC is yet to announce its candidate, although Ian Alleyne, host of popular CNC3 television programme Crime Watch, and Dr Carson Charles, president of the National Infrastructure Development Company (Nidco), were tipped.
Attorney Om Lalla had been tipped to be the choice of the country's newest party, led by former national security minister Jack Warner, the Independent Liberal Party (ILP). “Time is running out for them. They have until 3 o’clock on Monday (today) to have some horse-trading,” Rowley said to PNM supporters in the Croisee, San Juan. Rowley said he hoped candidates will be nominated to contest the by-election. “We don’t want to win the seat by default; we want to earn the victory in St Joseph. We want to beat all of them,” he said to the cheers of the crowd. Rowley said the people of St Joseph made a mistake in 2010 when the voted out the PNM. He said the PNM was confident that the St Joseph electors were “waiting patiently to rectify the mistake that you made in 2010.” Rowley, who on Thursday appealed to citizens to pray for ailing national footballer Akeem Adams, wore a red “Support Akeem” T-shirt at the meeting.
The party's candidates for next Monday’s local government elections were presented during the meeting. And Deyalsingh, in his address to the meeting, criticised the People’s Partnership government for claiming the PNM was dealing with gangsters in the country. He said the Government “nurtures and cuddles gangsters.” Deyalsingh also dismissed another line of the PP manifesto, which claimed that T&T was relatively free of allegations of corruption. He then listed several allegations of corruption. “They are not relatively free of corruption, they are the blood-relative of corruption,” he added. He said the Government was afraid of Rowley because he was a man of integrity. “He is the only citizen in this country who can effectively deal with Jack Warner, that is why they afraid of him. He is the only man to deal with the ILP,” Deyalsingh said.
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