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Independent Liberal Party (ILP)
political leader Lyndira Oudit has
dismissed allegations that the party
has aligned itself with the People’s
National Movement (PNM), but is
not ruling out joining forces with
Responding to allegations by for-
mer ILP councillor Reneera Chan
and former candidate Indarjit Seep-
ersad that the ILP was working with
the PNM, Oudit said yesterday the
party had not engaged in any coali-
tion discussions with the PNM.
However, she did not rule out the
party’s being open to joining with
the PNM for the 2015 general elec-
“That is not my decision alone
to make. That is something for the
executive to discuss,” she said.
“We have explored many options
within our meetings and privately,
and that is personal to the party in
terms of our discussions and our
options available. (We will do) what-
ever is best for the country at this
She added, “Sometimes you take
six from one side, six from the other
and you make your dozen. At the
end of the day our membership has
Oudit said she was not concerned
about recent resignations from the
party, as she maintained the ILP
was not dead.
In fact, she said, the party was
now working hard towards getting
ready for the 2015 general election.
“We are in strategy mode. I just
came back from abroad a few days
ago meeting with people in Atlanta
who are wanting to know a little
more about the ILP and what we
are about, and me as political leader.
“We are in strategy mode. We are
developing our manifesto,” she
Recently, Chan, the lone ILP
councillor in the Tunapuna/Piarco
Regional Corporation (TPRC), said
it was against her conscience to
continue to support the ILP, noting
the party’s aim was solely to put
the Opposition PNM back into
power in 2015.
Days later, Seepersad expressed
similar views as he announced his
decision to quit the ILP. They both
have vowed to return to the United
National Congress (UNC).
Yesterday, Oudit said given the
party’s position on certain issues
there might be a perception that it
was aligned with the PNM and “it
would seem that way because of
But, she said, “We are making
our own strategic positioning. We
are free to comment on any issue
and we have full rights and privilege
to comment on anything, whether
it be from the opposition side or
from the government side and that
is where we are.”
Arguing her party’s case, Oudit
said there were times when the ILP
was critical of the PNM and its
leader Dr Keith Rowley. This was
the case, she said, when they voted
in support of the Salaries Review
Bill. She said the ILP was also critical
of the government’s handling of the
Constitution (Amendment) Bill.
“So we are not in allegiance to
either one or the other and we are
moving at a pace that tells us that
we are free to criticise, or to con-
demn, or to show appreciation for,”
She said she had nothing negative
to say about Chan’s decision to leave
the party, since the former ILP
councillor had lost her mother
recently. Additionally, she said,
Chan’s brother was injured in an
accident and that had also affected
“I know she is going through a
very traumatic time and I would
not want to add any burden what-
“As a young woman who came
forward, I believe this is a time for
her to make decisions that would
be best for her family, because they
need to pull together,” Oudit said.
She also asked how many people
had left the Congress of the People
(COP), the United National Congress
(UNC) and the PNM, and pointed
to Nal Ramsingh, a founding mem-
ber of the UNC, who joined the ILP
She said there were many people
who left and came and went in
“It is simply that some people
feel the need to speak about it.”
Calls to ILP chairman Jack Warn-
er’s cellphone went unanswered
Member of Parliament for Port-of-
Spain North/St Ann’s West Patricia
McIntosh’s refusal to return to politics
or recontest her seat has now affected
the People’s National Movement’s
(PNM) Point Fortin screening process.
The T&T Guardian understands that
members of that constituency office
have complained to Balisier House that
McIntosh’s not contesting the seat has
now prompted fresh screening on
Wednesday and forced the shelving of
screening for Point Fortin, originally
scheduled for this weekend, indefinitely.
Nomination screening for the Port-
of-Spain North/St Ann’s East seat start-
ed yesterday and closes on Monday,
with screening before the executive set
for next Wednesday.
Members said yesterday that McIntosh
had vacillated in her decision two weeks
ago, then formally decided not to contest
the seat, but this had now put the
screening into a tailspin.
“It is a massive blow,” a member of
the PNM, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, said yesterday.
While members within the con-
stituency office confirmed those reports,
McIntosh said yesterday she was
unaware that her refusal to recontest
had triggered any negative fallout.
“I have had nor heard any negative
feedback,” McIntosh said in a telephone
She also denied she had changed her
mind on the decision to leave politics
at any time.
“I am out, I have not reconsidered.
will work behind the scenes, but I am
done with the frontline,” she said.
McIntosh said there was no reason
for the sudden shift, but noted she had
merely come to an age where she wanted
to devote more time to her God and her
“Nothing triggered it, I am simply
not a politician,” she said.
She said she never wanted to get into
politics but was coerced by the people
of her constituency whom she loved.
“And that is still where I find the most
joy. But politics is not the environment
for me,” she said.
She said she wrote to both her party
leader Dr Keith Rowley and general sec-
retary Ashton Ford on August 27 about
her decision and had met with only pos-
itive feedback since then.
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This group of T&T Regiment women soldiers run onto the shooting range at Macqueripe during the second
quarterly March and Shoot competition in Chaguaramas, yesterday. The group was disqualified after they
failed to reach the range on time and were thus not permitted to shoot. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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