The People’s National Movement’s Minority Leader in the Tobago House of Assembly is observing the situation after Watson Duke’s resignation as THA deputy chief secretary - and Duke’s signal that he’d occupy a new seat away from Assemblymen.
And the national PNM party is silent on Duke’s bid to challenge them in Port-of-Spain for Local Government elections.
This was among feedback yesterday after Progressive Democratic Patriots leader Duke gave up the post of THA deputy chief secretary, following his running battle with Chief Secretary Farley Augustine which broke out openly recently.
Duke, among comments, said he’d continue as Assemblyman for Roxborough/Argyle and occupy a seat in the THA away from Augustine’s side and away from the PNM.
However, Duke, who attacked Augustine, said Augustine was too small to fight and he’d now focus on contesting the PNM in PoS in upcoming Local Government polls.
Duke had been campaigning all over Trinidad since early this year - including East PoS areas - and opened an office in Barataria. He’d been greeted with enthusiasm, particularly by youths in some East PoS areas, when he began his tours. He’d also toured La Horquetta, Talparo and San Fernando areas.
On the PDP’s wrangling, THA Minority leader Kelvon Morris said, “I see it as just another episode in this unfolding drama and at this time, I simply prefer not to get involved in this PDP internal matter between their political leader Mr Duke and Chief Secretary Mr Augustine. So, at this time, I’m simply observing and like the rest of Tobago just hoping for the best.”
Asked about his position as Minority Leader in the event Duke gathers more support in the Assembly ahead, Morris said, “I’ve always maintained my involvement in politics has been about service and until Mr Duke or anybody else is prepared to challenge me in the electoral district of Darryl Spring-Whim, that is where my concern lies because I’m about the people.
“The post of Minority Leader is an appointment and can be withdrawn at any point in time once someone else has a majority in the minority. So until such time, I continue to function in the best interests of the people of Tobago and that is firstly as a representative for the people of Darryl Spring-Whim and secondly, in my role of representing the interests of all of Tobago and holding this administration accountable to the people, as it’s the people who have elected us all.”