As Crime Watch host, it was “wettin after wettin” for the Government from Ian Alleyne.
On Monday night however, the St Joseph United National Congress (UNC) by-election candidate apologised to the Prime Minister and the People’s Partnership for bashing them previously, especially during his television programme and said he was now proud to be a part of the Partnership.
Alleyne strutted onto the stage in Fyzabad on Monday night, promising to bring crime down in his “constituency” and working up such a sweat that he needed a towel and make-up artist to wipe his brow and balding head.
It was Alleyne’s first appearance as candidate, after filing nomination papers earlier in the day.
Just like Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Alleyne showed up late, flanked by bodyguards, and with the campaign meeting having to pause as the crowd parted for his grand entrance.
He was given a microphone to move about the stage, and danced before his speech.
Alleyne spent his time explaining why he had accepted the candidacy although “bad talking the Prime Minister” and said he had files on Independent Liberal Party’s (ILP) interim leader Jack Warner and its deputy leader Anna Deonarine.
In a speech that lasted almost 30 minutes, Alleyne apologised to the Prime Minister and the People’s Partnership for bashing them previously, especially during his television programme and said he was now proud to be a part of the Partnership.
He said he was not intimidated by anyone, especially Warner, who had lied on him and was the reason he had decided to become a candidate.
Alleyne’s former attorney, Om Lalla is the candidate for the ILP in the by-election.
Alleyne said Lalla was “ a nice guy” but he “looking fuh ah food.”
Alleyne also described himself as a journalist, and spoke in defence of journalists who, he said, were being attacked by the ILP.
Alleyne said he was never involved in any corruption crime-fighting.
In a bid to woo St Joseph voters, Alleyne said, “I am here to make sure you get what you want. I am telling the people of St Joseph, tell me what you want. Whatever you want in your community tonight. I have made friends with the ministers so I will go back with my report. Tell me what you want, I will deliver the message for you and rest assured you will get what you want.”
Some in the audience shouted, “You can’t win anything with that speech boy.”
Persad-Bissessar had high praises for Alleyne, saying he had a track record of integrity and honesty with “no corruption on his head.”