Two days after Chief Secretary Farley Augustine said that he nor anyone on his behalf has visited the Election and Boundaries Commission (EBC) comes word that the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) executive is not ruling out forming a new political party.
Speaking on CNC3’s The Morning Brew yesterday, newly installed Deputy Chief Secretary Dr Faith B Yisrael said they are currently consulting supporters before making a decision.
“We are talking to individuals on the ground, we are looking at what is transpiring and we will make a decision based on what we think is absolutely best for Tobago. That means, you know, it may mean getting to the direction of going to form another party,” she said.
However, Dr B Yisrael made it clear that rumours that they have already created a new party are not true.
This was publicly claimed by Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) leader and former Deputy Chief Secretary Watson Duke last week Thursday.
The current THA executive contested and won the last election 14 to 1 (PDP 14, PNM 1) under the PDP banner.
However, given the tensions between them and Duke, over the past few weeks, people have expressed concern over the proper running of the THA.
Amid the public spat, Duke removed Augustine, B Yisrael and Alicia Roberts-Paterson as deputy political leaders.
It is an incident that B Yisrael admitted still hurts, not just personally but for the supporters as well.
“It was heartbreaking, it is heartbreaking because this is something that we built and by we I don’t just mean me, I mean all of Tobago. I have actually been walking through and met people who are just apologising, who are almost in tears, I am talking about big grown hard back men,” she said.
She described the last two weeks as being a difficult road.
“It’s kind of like a family, you are watching a family go through this turmoil and it’s not just happening in your household it’s happening on national television,” she said.
Nevertheless, the new Deputy Chief Secretary said she remains a member of the PDP until a decision has been taken by either her or the party executive.
Commenting on the decision by Minority Leader Kelvon Morris to nominate Duke for the post of Deputy Chief Secretary during a special sitting on Monday, Dr B Yisrael said she was not shocked by the development.
“I was not taken aback and honestly I was not surprised because Mr Morris and his team have shown, since we have come into office, that they are just interested in disrupting the system,” she said.
However, she added that there was a level of disappointment in Morris from her and others who commented on his apology post on his Facebook page on Tuesday morning.
The disagreement between Watson Duke and his now former THA executive colleagues became public after he chastised them for allegedly abandoning 27 members of the Roxborough Folk Group who were in New York.
Chief Secretary Farley Augustine has denied the accusation and all others that have been levelled against him by Duke.