“Chaguanas West is not for sale,” said Independent Liberal Party’s interim leader Jack Warner just before the start of his party’s motorcade through the constituency yesterday.
Warner made the statement in response to reports of campaign goodies promised by the United National Congress (UNC) at its rally and concert at Pierre Road Recreation Grounds on Saturday.
The loud music trucks of the ILP’s motorcade yesterday bypassed the quieter, but busy UNC constituency office and the People’s National Movement constituency office as it made its way from Caroni Savannah Road to the Uriah Butler Highway yesterday. Traffic snarled on either side of the road as the big trucks wove through and gawkers and supporters stopped in their cars to wave flags and arms to the music.
Warner stood on the back of a decorated pick-up at the head of the motorcade and spent the day waving at the people lining the way.
Warner’s vehicle seemed to pause on the Caroni flyover to admire the length of decorated vehicles taking part in his party’s motorcade.
A helicopter circled overhead twice and then disappeared again just as the somewhat disjointed motorcade snaked its way up the flyover and on to the south-bound lane of the highway.
Even as the head of the motorcade turned off into the Bejucal area, one tail was exiting the off ramp to get to the north-bound lane of the highway and another was on the ramp trying to turn right on to the northbound lane from Munroe Road.
Several highway patrol vehicles ran along the parade, keeping drivers in check. Warner, in previous meetings had called for a “sober” motorcade, advising supporters to save the “drinking and liming” for what he deemed to be today’s “victory party”.
While the majority of the music trucks played local soca music, one played Warner’s Internet viral sensation where his rhyming of Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal’s surname with Coonilal was mixed to music.
Several people dangled sugarcane stalks out of their cars and passengers of one vehicle, which joined the motorcade from the Caroni Swamp carpark, were seen hastily affixing ILP stickers and poster to the vehicle.
The hours-long motorcade which began at Saith Park, Chaguanas, just after 9 a.m. yesterday, eventually wound its way back to Pierre Road Recreation Grounds around 5 p.m.
Voting takes place today at 14 polling stations in and around the Chaguanas West constituency.