Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 5th 2015 Contents A12
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, September 5, 2015
A carnivalesque atmosphere
engulfed a large portion of the Eastern
Main Road, in Sangre Grande, on
Thursday, as Opposition Leader Dr
Keith Rowley took to the podium to
address a sea of "red" supporters as
he waded into the UNC s candidate
for the area Brent Sancho.
Chanting "Rowley, Rowley, Rowley"
scores of PNMites surged towards the
stage as clouds of confetti hung in the
air.Training his guns on Sancho, Rowley
said there was someone with the same
name who wanted to join the infamous
Range Rover club to evade taxes and
"Glenda Jennings-Smith is running
against Brent Sancho. We know Glen-
da Jennings-Smith. Do we know Brent
Sancho? I want to ask Brent Sancho
if he is the same Brent Sancho who
attempted to join the Range Rover
club. This Brent Sancho imported a
Range Rover, which is supposed to
attract a significant amount of taxes.
The person making the declaration
did so as a returning resident, meaning
the vehicle was imported duty free.
However, it turns out that the vehicle
is not owned by a returning resident.
"Customs officials accused this per-
son of making a fraudulent declaration.
He was given the option of either
going to court or going before the
Customs tribunal. He went before the
tribunal and was charged $100,000
for making a false declaration. I want
to ask Brent Sancho, were you the
same Brent Sancho who went through
this experience?" Rowley asked.
Rowley said between 2010 and the
present the country had changed for
the worse, adding, "The COP candi-
date who ran against the PNM in
Diego Martin West in 2010 is sup-
porting the PNM in 2015. Rocky Gar-
cia, the former COP candidate for
Diego Martin West has rejected the
COP because the COP became an
upholder of the UNC."
Rowley also praised his full slate of
candidates, saying their commitment
and dedication spoke volumes.
"Our team is made up of people
who can stand on their own. You
won t be getting any Sanchos or
Padaraths whose only claim to fame
is that they held onto the skirt tails
of the Prime Minister," Rowley added.
On claims that people would lose
Cepep and URP jobs if he came into
power, Rowley said the only people
who would be removed were the "big
shots," vowing to give local govern-
ment more responsibility.
"I want to say to the people in local
government your best days are ahead
of you. We already have draft docu-
ments. There will be no minister in
the middle," Rowley added.
He said there would also be no post-
ponement of the local government
election which was due next year.
Political Leader of the COP Prakash
Ramadhar says former BWIA CEO
Conrad Aleong s decision to leave the
party and endorse PNM leader Dr
Keith Rowley for Monday s election
was no loss.
Aleong went on the PNM platform
at its meeting in Sangre Grande on
Thursday saying he was endorsing
Rowley s candidacy to be the next prime
minister because the COP was the UNC
B team and he did not want to be part
of any B team.
Questioned about the development
Prakash: Aleong leaving COP is no loss
following a COP meeting at Dins-
ley Junction, Tacarigua, Ramadhar
said Aleong "has not been with
the party for some time and noth-
ing is wrong with that. He would
have come from the PNM."
Ramadhar said, "If Conrad finds
comfort there (in the PNM) I wish
him well (but) the wider population
is looking on and they know it is
Ramadhar insisted Aleong s
departure was no loss to the COP,
adding that he was among those
who had wanted the party to part
ways with the partnership Gov-
ernment years ago.
BWIA was shut down and
replaced by Caribbean Airlines Ltd
Asked to comment on the recent
decision by his brother Kishore to
also pledge support for the PNM
in Monday s election, Ramadhar
said while he loved his brother "he
really needs guidance. He is an
idealist and I know that in this
world nothing is perfect."
Ramadhar said some believed
that there was a magic button to
fix everything from election night
but that was not so in reality.
"We know that while change is
necessary, it is incremental,"
Ramadhar told reporters.
In his address he responded to
ILP leader Jack Warner s claims
that he owned a property worth
almost one million dollars in the
US. Ramadhar said while he was
in private practice as an attorney
he was well paid.
He said Warner was a mischief-
maker and a "jack in the box."
He said he entered politics
because he wanted to serve the
people. "I had given up millions
of dollars in fees to receive a (min-
ister s) salary and all I earn today
is less than I used to pay in tax."
Ramadhar also called on citizens
to disregard a call by former COP
member Timothy Hamel-Smith
to engage in a campaign to spoil
the ballots on Monday. Ramadhar
said electors should vote in large
numbers as any low voter turnout
would benefit the PNM.
Arts Minister and MP for
Lopinot/Bon Air Lincoln Douglas
said the Government should be
re-elected because it delivered
more than 95 per cent of its 2010
Earlier, MP for Arima Rodger
Samuel said the PP must not win
by a small margin, but must win
more than 25 seats.
The stage for the COP meeting
was set up on the edge of the East-
ern Main Road so that police offi-
cers had to control traffic as it
flowed between the platform and
Rowley: Which Brent
Sancho in Land Rover deal?
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