The Independent Liberal Party (ILP) has emerged as this country’s third political force, party interim political leader Jack Warner said last night.
Warner was speaking at the ILP headquarters at Mulchan Seuchan Road, Chaguanas at around 9.10 p.m.
“I want to begin by saying first of all that based on the results what has emerged is that the ILP is the third political force in this country and especially in the Tunapuna corporation we are the second political force, that speaks volumes,” said Warner.
The Congress of the People (COP) had contested the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation but the People’s National Movement (PNM) emerged victorious there. The ILP received the second largest number of votes in that corporation behind the PNM.
Warner said the trend of the results showed that the ILP continues to be ahead in the “popular vote”.
“It tells you therefore that the ILP is here to stay because we are the third political force in many ways,” he said.
The ILP, he added, will stand firm in its message and will continue to support young people and make the party their home.
“I want to take this opportunity to commend both the PNM and the UNC on their victories, our councillors will be prepared to work with the elected MPs in various corporations,” said Warner.
The ILP, he said, will also have a number of aldermen based on the number of votes collected.
“So in a sense therefore we shall be more visible now than ever before. This is not a time for any long faces and so on, this is a time to tell you that a four-month-old party has changed the political paradigm of the country,” he said.
“Never before has any local government election been conducted with such intensity, such passion, such national attention as this one,” Warner added. He said the ILP will focus its attention on the St Joseph November 4 by-election.
“As we look towards St Joseph, I ask you to keep your green jerseys because on Wednesday at 4 p.m we going to walk St Joseph with Om Lalla,” he said. The walk, he said, will begin from Richmond Street and the ILP will use its popular support to work towards success.
“Don’t go back home!” shouted a supporter from the crowd.
“My home? My home is here, win lose or draw my home is here and if my home is here, your home is here!” he responded.
While there was no victory for the ILP, the music blasted following Warner’s speech and supporters danced and cheered him on.