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Newly-appointed interim deputy polit-
ical leader of the Independent Liberal Party
(ILP), Lyndira Oudit, is sure about two
things---the United National Congress
(UNC) is haemorrhaging and that the ILP
will be successful in the upcoming local
Oudit, who joined Jack Warner s ILP hours
after resigning as a member of the UNC
and vice-president of the Senate, also yes-
terday offered words of advice for Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar: "Go back
Speaking to T&T Guardian at her South
Oropouche home, Oudit said she had severed
ties with the UNC because they were moving
in different directions, to the point that her
own personal principles were being com-
"Two things that really capped it for me
was the TOP election and Chaguanas West
election and the Tobago election. I feel that
those were almost national disasters in terms
of the UNC perceptive."
Citing another example of how the party
had digressed, she said instead of listening
to Chaguanas West constituents and sup-
porting Warner, the UNC instead tried to
shred him apart to win.
"It was wrong and I felt no pride and I
felt very ashamed during that Chaguanas
West elections. I felt really that we had
reached a low, low, low point..."
She said she felt that the Prime Minister
"I feel that somehow her team of advisers
were not the people advising her in the best
She said there were rumbling and shifting
at the ground level in the UNC, with coun-
cillors moving across to ILP. And while
admitting that at the middle and top level
of the UNC there is disappointment, she
said is not sure whether people were willing
to take as stand and give up office.
"I think it is haemorrhaging a bit," Oudit
said. "It s almost like if the top is remaining
a particular way, the top is there and all
underneath you are just bleeding out, they
are bleeding out and they are bleeding into
a river of green apparently, and somehow
the top don t know or they are not being
told or they are not seeing."
"While I understand the need to say that
you don t have any worries and are not
afraid, you have to keep that phrase because
it a pubic perception. But I am sure the
party must be worried."
She said she believed Warner s party is
what s best for the country at this time.
And Oudit is not bothered by the numer-
ous international and national allegations
against Warner either.
"If there are allegations that can be sup-
ported by a charge, well then Mr Warner
will have to deal with that," she said.
"At this point in time he is not doing
anything illegal. He has formed an interim
party and he has called on people to take
responsibility for their country."
With regards to the upcoming local gov-
ernment elections, she said the ILP is going
to be successful. Once the date is set, she
said the ILP would know if they have enough
time to screen all the candidates.
She advised the Prime Minister to go back
to 2010 emotionally, mentally and spiritually,
when "she (Prime Minister) was inspira-
tional. She represented something good."
She added, however, that Persad-Bissessar
had disappointed her membership and it
may be too late to correct the wrong.
"I don t know if she has reached the point
where there are many things she has con-
doned over the years and now is unable to
cut ties because it is rumoured that there
are rotten apples.
"I am not sure how closely associated
the Prime Minister is with a number of
them and if she is in a position to extricate
herself, I am not sure."
UNC bleeding out
Oudit to Kamla: Go back to 2010
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"They will be talking to me. I am not trying to
raid anybody s party, (but) I expect many more.
Some will be doing it behind the scenes and some
Warner said the ILP s launch of its local govern-
ment election campaign at Auzonville Park in Tuna-
puna on Saturday would be telling.
In a July 31 published address, two days after he
resoundingly won the Chaguanas West by-election,
Warner said the ILP "will be embarking on a lead-
ership drive for persons interested in serving their
country. We are not only looking in our leadership
drive for councillors, aldermen, possible candidates
for the general election..."
Asked about the new party s constitution, Warner
recalled it took the Congress of the People two
years to come up with its constitution and noted
it had taken the ILP two months to complete its
own. He said the party s constitution would be rat-
ified at its national assembly on September 29.
Responding to questions on the ILP s philosophy,
Warner said all would be revealed at the assembly,
but summed it up this way: "One of the things we
have been doing and saying is the ILP will redefine
what true service to the people means.
"No one will be discriminated against or vic-
timised and we will remove nepotism and crony-
In his July 31 address, Warner said the ILP s con-
stitution was being framed by a team led by Anna
Deonarine, an attorney and one of the party s
interim deputy political leaders.
Yesterday, he said the ILP s election machinery
was busy with preparations to contest the upcoming
local government elections and he was sure the
party "will be taking three corporations."
Interim executive member, Inshan Ishmael, part
of the ILP s management committee, said the exec-
utive would be meeting to confirm what seats they
would be contesting, but said the party was trying
to capture as many as possible.
Asked about fears among some members of the
Indo-Trinidadian community that the ILP would
only split the UNC seats in the local government
and general elections and result in wins for the
PNM, Warner replied: "Why the ILP wouldn t split
the PNM votes also?
"In the 2010 general election, the PNM got 1,471
votes in Chaguanas West. In 2013, they got 422.
Did the ILP split any votes? The split took place
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