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Rowley: PNM on verge of victory
Political leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Dr Keith Rowley has promised to work “more than 24 hours a day” if the party is victorious in tomorrow’s local government elections. Rowley promised to serve the people of T&T wholeheartedly in his speech to supporters at the final PNM rally at Eddie Hart Ground, Tacarigua, yesterday. He said only the PNM and its 136 candidates could take the nation forward.
Addressing supporters, who braved overcast weather and navigated through mud and slush, Rowley said the PNM was a great moving force for progress and prosperity; he believed citizens could work together to overcome every challenge, “even the People’s Partnership’s disastrously poor performance.” Rowley said in spite of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and interim leader of the Independent Liberal Party Jack Warner, T&T could still be referred to as the capital of paradise.
Rowley said though headlines are splashed with reports of violent crime, there were sincere, respectable and patriotic men, women and children. “Decency is not news and should never be a surprise to us.” Rowley said the PNM was now open for business.
“We are under new management; just as all the 14 regional corporations will be, come October 22, 2013. We all know that our country will be under new management whenever the general election is called. It will be hard work, but we in the PNM are up to the task and will not rest until the work is done! I will work more than 24 hours in a day and your candidates will do likewise.” Moving the crowd into a frenzy with his speech, Rowley said as an individual, he had always done his best.
“It was not always good enough. As for me, I have made mistakes, but I assure every citizen that I may not be able to solve every problem that we now face, or to wipe away every tear from every eye, but as long as there are tears, suffering and problems such as crime, my work will not be over.”
Rowley urged supporters that when they go to vote, to keep their memory intact, since the PP and ILP would want them to forget Section 34. He said: “The whole purpose of Section 34 was to allow their friends and financiers to escape the court in Trinidad and Tobago.” He reminded people the PM, AG and other members of Cabinet were still part of investigations relating to the “e-mail gate scandal.”
Rowley told his supporters they had three options when they go to the polls: they could refrain from voting, which would tell the country that they did not care; or vote for a candidate other than the PNM; or vote for the PNM. He added: “In this election, everywhere is a PNM stronghold. I want you to work the hardest in the next 48 hours.” He said the PNM was on the verge of a victory. Once the PNM candidates take up the mantle, Rowley promised they would write a new chapter in the history book of the PNM.
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