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Leader of the Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) Jack Warner says he is not fazed by
his former leader Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar s rejection of his over-
tures about a possible return to the People s
Partnership Government should he win
the Chaguanas July 29 by-election.
Warner threw out the suggestion last Fri-
day of his ILP being part of the coalition
following the launch of the party at a meet-
ing in Chaguanas but Persad-Bissessar has
met this with a decisive "no".
Asked about the PM s rejection of his
suggestion after he had filed his nomination
papers at the Chaguanas Elections and
Boundary Commission (EBC) office yes-
terday, however, Warner said he still did
not believe the words were those of the PM.
"I don t think those words are Mrs Per-
sad-Bissessar s words. Her politics has
always been more of inclusion," Warner said
in defence of his former leader.
He pondered over whether she had con-
sulted with other members of the PP before
making the statement, suggesting the
response may have been influenced by the
"cabal" in the UNC.
While not wanting to dub her a "puppet"
of the cabal, Warner said: "She does not
own the Partnership."
The former national security minister
and UNC chairman also denied he had
approached any sitting parliamentarian to
join his ILP.
Former justice minister Herbert Volney
has said he would resign from the UNC
some time this week and join Warner s
It was Volney who indicated three other
sitting MPs would soon be joining Warner
in his battle for the Chaguanas West
seat and then a run at local government
Several government ministers, asked about
Volney s intention, preferred not to com-
ment, saying that was a matter for the PM
Some reminded that Manohar Ramsaran,
who attempted to offer himself as a UNC
candidate while still a member of the COP,
was automatically expelled from his
party. They said a similar fate could befall
Warner said 7,000 people had joined his
party in the last week and indicated his
intention to formalise the structure in Sep-
tember as he intended to contest the local
government elections as well.
Jack not troubled
by PM's rejection
UNC Chaguanas West candidate Kadijah Ameen and supporters arrive at the office of the returning officer of the Elections and
Boundaries Commission on Elenor Street, Chaguanas, yesterday to file nomination papers for the July 29 by-election.
PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
Ameen said she had no skeletons in the closet and
any woman in a leadership position who offered
herself for public office had to brace herself for
scrutiny and attack. She said, however, T&T s culture
was evolving to accept women as leaders.
"I am confident that there is no issue that can be
brought up against my character," she said, adding:
"People can make all sorts of allegations... I can tell
you that none of the allegations you will hear are
She reiterated that if there were anything to damage
her character, it would have surfaced long before she
decided to contest the seat .
Ameen said Chaguanas West had been loyal to
the UNC and she was confident the party would
She added that she would not be engaging in mud-
slinging during her campaign.
Earlier, PNM candidate Singh was the first to
submit his paperwork to Everil Ross, the EBC s return-
Singh and a small bandwagon of PNMites, dressed
in red, marched from Saith Park to the EBC office
in the overcast weather.
Singh said the nomination process was a big day
in his life.
"It s the next step in my political ladder," he said,
adding he had started the day with prayers and enter-
tainment before the walk to file his papers.
Although he was the "dark horse in the race," he
said, he was hoping the split in support between the
UNC and the ILP might increase his chances.
"I see something transpiring," he added.
Singh said as the campaign heated up he expected
to feel the full blow of political victimisation from
the PP Government. He said the Government had
already threatened to throw him and other squatters
off lands they were farming at Felicity but said that
would not deter him.
He said the PNM s opponents in the by-election
were the "same old, same old" who could offer noth-
ing and the UNC had lost its way a long time ago.
"They came into government without a vision and
a plan for T&T," he said.
Meighoo filed his papers just before 2 pm and said
he would hold meetings in the area.
NCT leader Nalini Dial and Norman did not initially
have the necessary paperwork in order when they
first arrived at the EBC at 1 pm but they made it
back at 2.50 pm to file.
Norman, a 28-year-old UTT student, said he was
elated to be in the race.
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Three councillors set
to jump ship---Warner
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