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RADHICA SOOKRAJ &
Faced with expulsion from
the United National Congress
(UNC), Jack Warner is now
turning to his political guru,
Basdeo Panday, with a heart-
felt apology, but Panday has
outrightly rejected it.
Warner made the overture
to Panday as the two men
attended the wedding ceremo-
ny of UNC strategy officer Ken
Emrith and Davica Persad at
the Centre of Excellence,
Speaking to the Sunday
Guardian last night, Warner
said he was not ashamed to
admit that Panday was right
about Persad-Bissessar's lead-
"When I see him I will have
to talk to him because a lot of
the predictions he made about
the prime minister were true,"
"He said the prime minister
is not ready to lead. I was one
of those persons who disputed
and quarreled with him when
he said that. I was even angry
Asked what he planned to
say to Panday, Warner revealed,
"I want to tell him that I am
really very sorry because I think
he saw much more than I could
have ever seen and that was
based on the level of his own
Asked if he planned to invite
Panday to join his Independent
Liberal Party (ILP), Warner
said, "Anybody can be part
of my political party. Mr Pan-
day and anybody else.
"Mr Panday and everybody
else is welcome, but I think
in life one must admit when
one makes a mistake and
error. I admit that in my polit-
ical judgement of the Prime
Minister, Mr Panday was right
and I was wrong."
Asked how he felt about
that he was trying to bring
down her Government by
forming his own party, Warn-
er responded, "There are
some things that the Prime
Minister says that I will not
dignify by commenting on it.
"Some of the things she
says tells me more and more
that she has to refrain from
being a prisoner of the cabal.
I will not dignify what she
says with a comment because
my work for the party and
the Government speaks for
Asked what it would take
for him to return to the folds
of the UNC, Warner said,
"Nothing is cast in stone and
I don't have to make any
judgement in that. What is
evolving right now is not of
"I was rejected by the party
that I helped to keep alive.
Panday is the man who put
me to Chaguanas West and
Persad-Bissessar is the
woman who took it away
from me. I do not think that
I want to say much more on
Saying he felt hurt and
betrayed by the Prime Min-
ister, Warner said, "I have
nothing against Mrs Persad-
Bissessar. My fight is with the
cabal. That has always been
and it continues to be. My fight
is not only for Persad-Bisses-
sar's sake but it is for the coun-
try, for the party and for the
When the Sunday Guardian
told Panday that Warner want-
ed to apologise to him at the
wedding, Panday replied "No,
no, no, no. This is a wedding.
I have come to a wedding, not
to receive an apology."
Asked if he would accept
Warner's apology, Panday
snapped, "Accept what? I am
at a wedding. Why has he cho-
sen to interfere with my pres-
ence at a wedding? I have come
at a wedding in a different
frame of mind and so forth."
Asked if he was approached
by Warner if he would talk to
him, Panday said he speaks to
"Remember I am the one
who slept with the devil. I will
talk to anyone."
What would he do should
Warner ask him to join the ILP?
"Everyone knows that I have
given up electoral politics," he
When told that Warner said
he (Panday) had warned him
about Persad-Bissessar, he
smiled and remarked,"I also
warned the country about lots
Panday said, however, he was
willing to meet Warner at a
different place and forum.
But UNC deputy political
leader, Dr Roodal Moonilal,
yesterday accused Warner of
being deceitful by forming his
own political party. He said
Warner was making an attempt
to remove Persad-Bissessar
Moonilal said, "Warner is
trying to fool the people into
believing that he will join the
government, but how can he
when on July 30 the govern-
ment will still have the same
evil cabal that he alleges
Moonilal added, "Mr Warner
joined the PNM to remove a
UNC mayor. He will join Row-
ley to remove Rambachan,
Ramlogan, Moonilal and Shar-
Prime Minister. This is sadly
his modus operandi."
The MP also said he heard
that Warner had planned to
place Natasha Navas as the ILP
representative for Oropouche
East in the 2015 general elec-
Jack Warner apologises to Panday
He was right
on Kamla's style SHASTRI BOODAN
Jack Warner says person who have come out to
support his drive to regain the Chaguanas West seat
in the July 29 by-election are bering victimised by
the People s partnership Government.
He made the comment during a meeting at which
he launched his new party, Independent Liberal Party
(ILP), at the Pierre Road Recreation Ground, Char-
lieville, on Friday.
Warner, who later unveiled his new signage at his
Caroni Savannah Road offices, said he and his sup-
porters were now facing political persecution for
standing up against the UNC cabal.
He said many of them were losing their jobs for
showing support for his candidacy.
He said, "When they come to talk about loyalty,
ask them of the UNC workers they fired and the
others whom they are threatening to fire from URP
and CEPEP. Ask them about the number of gangs in
URP they have reduced so plenty of you cannot get
any work. Ask them why they are about to fire some
CEPEP contractors who support me, under the guise
that they have completed their two-year contracts!
"How vindictive can they be? Ask them about the
contracts they farm out to their friends and family
who never supported this party while we were in
opposition and who today are now benefitting more
than you the members and supporters. Ask them
about the people they have appointed to high office,
many with fraudulent CVs who did nothing for this
party and who never stayed loyal when the chips were
down but who now eat from the trough of the State
while our own people, our own soldiers are condemned
to the throes of poverty. Ask them about those things."
Warner said his fight for Chaguanas West was a
fight to once again reform the UNC in order to keep
the People's Partnership in power.
"This is a fight to rid this party from its cabalistic
moorings and give the party once again to the people
of the UNC. For far too long the UNC has been can-
nibalising its own."
Despite this, Warner wants to hand the Chaguanas
West seat to the PP Government should he win it
on July 29. He told the crowd had written to Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar indicating his
intentions to form a party and contest the Chaguanas
West seat and, if successful, joining the PP.
He said at no time was he a member of the PNM
and he would never be either, adding his planned
merger would keep the PNM out of power. He said
he could not pre-judge what the PM or the political
leaders of the PP Government would do when he
offers them the seat on a platter after polls close.
Warner started his 90-minute address by telling
the crowd a sinister plan had been concocted by
the cabal in the PP government to get rid of him.
"Long before I appeared before the screening
committee on 25 June 2013, the die was cast to write
Jack Warner out of the politics of the UNC," he
Saying the cabal was misguiding Persad-Bissessar,
Warner said he would not degenerate into the politics
of hate and ridicule that he heard being dished out
at the UNC's last Monday night meeting.
He admitted, however, that he did not like people
attacking his family and telling lies on them.
On the issue of whether his family was being inves-
tigated by US authorities, he said, "To the best of my
knowledge, as it pertains to Concacaf or Fifa, neither
I, nor any member of my family have been approached
by anyone within the US or local government on
any federal charges. So who is the author of these
allegations? Who wrote the Prime Minister's speech?"
Warner also launched his party card, adding joining
the party would cost $1 and is free for the residents
of Chaguanas West until July 29.
Former Prime Minister and former leader of the United National Congress (UNC) Basdeo Panday, left, and his
wife Oma, congratulate UNC activist Ken Emrith, right, and his bride Davica Persad who exchanged marriage
vows during a lavish ceremony and reception attended by several government ministers at the Centre of
Excellence, Macoya, yesterday. PHOTO: DARREN RAMPERSAD
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