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Alleyne can get the job done—PM
United National Congress (UNC) candidate for St Joseph, Ian Alleyne yesterday attempted to deliver on his promise to “deal” with his detractors and took shots at both People’s National Movement (PNM) leader Dr Keith Rowley and his former ally Om Lalla, the candidate under the Independent Liberal Party (ILP). He said Rowley refused him as a prospective member because “he could not handle the truth.” “You toting feelings,” he said, directing his comments to Rowley. He said Lalla lived in a $20 million home in Valsayn, “never took a taxi” and was not one of the people as he was.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar once again called on the electorate to “hold her hand” in support for today’s by-election. “Go out and vote, go out and vote, go out and vote,” she said.
Speaking at the United National Congress’ last lap rally on the eve of the by-election, Persad-Bissessar said in 40 years the People’s National Movement have not been able to deliver while their candidate Ian Alleyne had started 25 projects in just two weeks. “We will work with Ian Alleyne,” she said. In more election goodies news, Persad-Bissessar said tenders were already out for the construction of a new police station in the constituency. In her short delivery, Persad-Bissessar said 71 per cent of the population had water and compared that to the 18 per cent under the PNM. “Do not ever forget,” she said.
She said “who vex loss” but the people of St Joseph will benefit with Alleyne as their representative. She detailed the roads and drains work already accomplished. “We delivered over 36,000 metres of repaved and rehabilitated roads, together with over 10,000 metres of new drainage,” she said. Other speakers endorsing Alleyne on the UNC platform included Planning Minister Dr Bhoe Tewarie and National Security Minister Gary Griffith. Griffith also accused the PNM of spying on local journalists and listed their names, including former Guardian editor Francis Joseph, who is currently the Press Secretary of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. He said Rowley was not being truthful when he said he did not have security for the past three years. Griffith said he, as National Security Minister, spoke with Rowley to set up security escorts but was refused.
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