Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 4th 2014 Contents Oudit said she would be taking some time for
personal reflection on her political future.
She denied she had been in discussions either to
return to the United National Congress (UNC) or join
the Congress of the People (COP) or People's National
"I have had absolutely no conversation with any
other political party.
"I intend to think very carefully. I intend to look at
what is happening and really take an observer
position, really," she said.
Oudit said she would not make any hasty decisions
"It must be something that has a strong benefit,
that you must be able to contribute properly," she said.
She denied her departure from the ILP leadership
was an indication that the party was dying or
irrelevant to the political landscape.
"I think the ILP does have a place. I think that all the
polls show there are undecided voters out there that
are looking for something different. The undecided
voter is really, in my mind, who the ILP should be
Calls to Warner's cellphone went unanswered
After serving less than six months at
the helm of the Independent Liberal Party
(ILP), Lyndira Oudit stunned many when
she resigned from the position on Sunday.
But the former senate Vice-President says
her resignation had been in the making for
some time, admitting she was never fully
accepted as leader of the ILP.
Yesterday Oudit, in a phone interview
with the T&T Guardian, said she felt her
leadership was a showpiece, since party
founder and chairman, Chaguanas West
MP Jack Warner, made the decisions even
though she was nominally the leader.
She admitted: "The party always has, had
or seen Mr Warner as being the leader. It
was his party from April, May, June, July
last year to the present time. So you cannot
separate the party from Jack Warner and
Oudit, who was named ILP leader in June
after being nominated uncontested ahead
of the party s internal elections, announced
her resignation with immediate effect on
Sunday at a special emergency meeting of
the party s national executive.
Warner was returned to his original posi-
tion as leader, while attorney Rekha Ramjit
has now replaced him as chairman.
Oudit, who did not give a full explanation
for her departure from the leadership of the
party, also said there were "some tensions,
there were some divisions within the exec-
She conceded that with all organisations,
such divisions were not unnatural but added:
"It came back to the positioning of a political
"A party has to support a political leader
and if there is acceptance and recognition
that the founder of the party, or the chair-
man of the party, fully supports the political
leader, then you find everything else will
Oudit said she believed that in the begin-
ning, when she took over the party lead-
ership, "there was a sincere effort by Mr
Warner to really allow for some letting go."
But there was no complete transition.
"Now," she said, "I think Mr Warner is
a very dynamic and competent individual
and he is going to do what he does best."
Oudit explained that when she was pre-
sented with the nomination for political
leader in May, she felt it was premature for
the party to make such a change.
She said she felt the only way that lead-
ership change could have been fully accepted
would have been for "Warner and the entire
executive to literally support any person
holding the position of political leader."
"But as it turned out," she explained, "I
felt that not enough was actually done to
make the change easier to accept.
"There were some who continued to see
the party as Jack Warner and some of the
decisions, I felt, were not in keeping with
the fact that there was a new political leader."
For the party to go forward that there
must not be any confusion for the mem-
bership, she stressed.
"There must be a single cohesive force
and if Mr Warner is at the helm, he will
put the party on the footing that he needs
to have it, where he needs to put the party,"
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Political analyst Dr Bishnu Ragoonath says
Warner's return as leader of the ILP is key to the
He made the statement yesterday as he
commented on Oudit's resignation as party leader.
Warner's return was the only move that could help
the ILP, he argued.
"I have always felt that the ILP was Jack Warner
and Jack Warner is the ILP and to that extent, Jack
Warner taking back the ILP leadership is simply
ensuring the ILP survives until the next election,
because I think the ILP, under any other leader, would
seem to be weak and ineffective."
Ragoonath admitted, however he was not sure
Warner's taking back the leadership of the ILP would
strengthen the party.
"But it will give back the party that face it had
when it started," he added.
Ragoonath said more resignations from the ILP
would only serve to break it down further and
Warner would be put to the test to revitalise it.
"I think the party is on the decline and more
resignations like this would serve to further
undermine the confidence anyone would have in the
"Be that as it may, Jack Warner has always been
the driving force behind the ILP and it is up to him.
We now have to look at his capacity and his
capabilities to bring back the ILP to some sort of
glory, if that is at all possible," he added.
He felt the ILP must now look towards forming an
alliance to continue its existence.
"I do not think the ILP can survive on its own at
this time. I think the ILP has become another COP,
which is just a shadow of the original party that it
started off with.
"The party is Jack Warner and Jack Warner is the
party... then without a Jack Warner there is no
foundation," he added.
Ragoonath said last April when the ILP was
formed Warner had momentum but that had been
"He has to join forces. I would not go so far as to
say he cannot win a seat but at this point in time the
politics do not seem to be in his favour," Ragoonath
Ragoonath: ILP needs Warner as head
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